Wednesday after Epiphany
Memorial Feast: Saint Andre Bessette, Religious (1845-+1937) Patron Saint of the Universal Church
First Letter of Saint John 4:11-18; Psalm 72; Mark 6:45-52
Today’s Gospel narrative of Saint Mark includes two of the mighty works of Jesus. The passage today looks back to the feeding of the five thousand and recounts Jesus walking on water. These physical miracles astounded the apostles. They were simply in awe, afraid, confused, and overwhelmed.
We may not witness physical miracles, but there may be miracles of grace taking place in our lives. Examples of such mighty works may be reconciliation after lengthy estrangement, recovery from addiction, or taking advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Accompanying such “miracles” of grace may include any number of emotional feelings.
Sisters and brothers, Jesus provides the key to recognizing, understanding, and appreciating these mighty works in His “going to the mountain to pray.” Reflections on experience are necessary to discern how God is present and working in our lives. Our first reading from Saint John points at the predisposition for this awareness, namely, our love for one another, which leads to the relationship we have with God in our lives. Mighty works can only take place when we reach out to others.
We may at times envy the apostles who were eyewitnesses of the many mighty works of Jesus. We can take heart because the age of miracles is far from over.
Question of the Day: How will you create miracles as you live a Sacramental life?
Prayer: “A people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; for those dwelling in a land of deep gloom, a light has shone.” (Is 9:1)