Posted by: frburke23 | January 7, 2014

Thought for Wednesday after Epiphany, January 8

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them.
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

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I’ve read this Scripture many times, but a new insight gave me great peace and hope today.  This week is all about epiphanies or “manifestations” that Jesus is the Son of God.  Today we hear how even the water “obeys” Jesus in the sense that He is able to walk on water.

I began to think about the many ways that creation “obeys” Jesus, who is God, who created everything in the universe.  Jesus was able to walk on water.  He brought people back from the dead.  The earth trembled at His death on the cross.  He healed infirmities.   He turned water into wine.  He fed thousands with five loaves and two fish.

I began to reflect on this wonderful truth that God created everything and has dominion over everything.  He is in charge.  He has won the victory for us.  And He tells us in the reading today, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”  And even the wind obeyed Him.

What else do we need to believe that Jesus is the Lord of Lord and King of Kings?

Why do I fear so much?

Why don’t I put my complete trust in Jesus?

All of us are in the boat of life.  It gets tossed about by the winds and waves and we fear.  But Jesus comes to us and holds us close to His chest and says, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”  Sometimes He calms the storms around us; sometimes He just holds us close.  Either way the Lord wants to love us and protect us.

Have a blessed day,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

MARCOS 6:45-52

Después de que los cinco mil comieron y se saciaron,
Jesús hizo que sus discípulos se subieran a la barca
y lo adelantaran al otro lado hacia Betsaida,
mientras él despedía a la multitud.
Y cuando él se había despedido de ellos,
se fue a la montaña para orar.
Cuando llegó la noche,
el barco estaba lejos en el mar y él estaba solo la costa.
Entonces vio que estaban agitados mientras remaba,
porque el viento era al contrario de ellos.
Acerca de la cuarta vigilia de la noche,
él se acercó a ellos caminando sobre el mar.
Tenía la intención de pasar de largo.
Pero cuando lo vieron caminando sobre el mar,
ellos pensaron que era un fantasma y gritaron.
Todos lo habían visto y estaban aterrorizados.
Pero en seguida habló con ellos,
“¡Ánimo, soy yo, no tengan miedo!”
Él subió a la barca con ellos y el viento se calmó.
Estaban completamente asombrados.
No habían entendido el suceso de los panes.
Por el contrario, sus corazones estaban endurecidos.

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He leído esta Escritura muchas veces, pero hoy, una nueva visión me dio una gran paz y esperanza. Toda esta semana es sobre epifanías o “manifestaciones” de que Jesús es el Hijo de Dios. Hoy escuchamos cómo incluso el agua “obedece” a Jesús en el sentido de que él es capaz de caminar sobre el agua.

Comencé a pensar sobre las muchas maneras en que la creación “obedece” a Jesús, quien es Dios, quien creó todas las cosas en el universo. Jesús fue capaz de caminar sobre el agua. Él trajo a la gente de entre los muertos. La tierra tembló a su muerte en la cruz. Sanó enfermedades. Él convirtió el agua en vino. Alimentó a miles con cinco panes y dos peces.

Comencé a reflexionar sobre esta maravillosa verdad de que Dios creó todo y tiene el dominio sobre todo. Él está a cargo. Él ganó la victoria para nosotros. Y Él nos dice en la lectura de hoy: “¡Ánimo, soy yo, no tengas miedo!” E incluso el viento lo obedeció.

¿Qué más necesitamos para creer que Jesús es el Señor de Señor y Rey de Reyes?
¿Por qué temo tanto?
¿Por qué no pongo toda mi confianza en Jesús?

Todos nosotros estamos en la barca de la vida. Se sacude por los vientos y las olas y tememos. Pero Jesús viene a nosotros y nos mantiene cerca de su pecho y dice: “¡Ánimo, soy yo, no tengas miedo!” A veces Él calma las tormentas que nos rodea, a veces Él sólo nos mantiene cerca. De cualquier manera el Señor quiere amarnos y protegernos.

Tengan un día bendecido,

Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. Reading your post latter than usual today. Winds are blowing…being tossed about. Great ending to the day….”Felt his warmth as I read your post…Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” Going to rest close to his chest tonight.

    Thanks, Fr. Burke
    Been Blessed
    Rhonda

  2. I have a question. I have never heard that “He meant to pass by them.” How did the author know this?


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