Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday after Epiphany

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 1:1-5 The Kinds of Monks
Mass: 1 Jn 4:11-18; Resp Ps 72; Mk 6:45-52

A people who walked in darkness has seen a great light; for those living in a land of deep gloom, a light has shone.


In today's Gospel, we encounter the gamut of human emotions. After 5,000 had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus sends the disciples off in a boat while he goes off to pray. Things seem peaceful enough. Then a wind storm starts to brew and the disciples strain against the headwind, likely becoming anxious and troubled. When Jesus comes across the water to calm them, the disciples become terrified. Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!, says the Lord. Once Jesus gets into the boat, the wind calms. But not the disciples. They were astounded and by this point seem to have forgotten about being satisfied. "On the contrary, their hearts were hardened." How is it that our anxiety, fears and worries, misunderstandings and hard hearts rule much of the time? "We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him" (1 Jn 4:16). Love heals all. I believe, help my unbelief. 

Worship means bringing our lives to the Lord, and allowing Him to enter into them. It means letting His consolation come down to earth, and letting ourselves be pervaded by His tender love.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, January 8, 2020)

© Gertrude Feick 2020

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