Wednesday after the Epiphany
Memorial Feast: Saint John Neumann (1811-1860)—Patron Saint of Catholic Schools in the United States
1 John 4:11-18, Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13, & Mark 6:45-52
"Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid!"
What grips your heart and mind when adversity strikes? While panic may seem like the most natural reaction, Jesus expected more from His disciples. As we read in the Gospel narrative of Saint Mark, Jesus "Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd." They found themselves straining at the oars in a storm during their journey. We must remember that they were experienced fishermen. The storm was intense, and when our Lord saw that they were distressed, He came to them on the sea, walking on water, startling them with His sudden appearance. Jesus says to them,"Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid!" He calmed the sea, and He settled them.
Does the Lord seem distant when trials or adversity come your way? The Lord keeps watch over us at all times, and especially in our moments of temptation and difficulty. Jesus, in today's Gospel, assures us that we do not need to fear if we trust in Him and His great love for us.
Question of the Day: How will you better rely on the Lord for His strength and help?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we never doubt your saving help in times of adversity. Fortify our faith with courage and perseverance that we may never waver in our trust in You. Amen.