Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6,45-52
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.
Go out and help
1) A human Jesus. The gospel begins by showing Jesus’ attitudes. He is very approachable; simple, and human. Attitudes that you and I can easily do. Jesus bids people farewell, He is attentive to their being well fed, and sends out the apostles. It is not a matter of doing great miracles or great works. Simple things, like making your visitors feel good in your home, making sure that those close to you are well, asking how they are, answering a phone call kindly, replying to a WhatsApp message that you have been sent, and not simply having a quick look at it, or calling a friend who is having a hard time… Simple attitudes that make a difference.
2)Praying. I know I insist on this a lot because it’s so important. Don’t give up on prayer. Find your time of solitude and prayer, even if it means shutting yourself up for 10 minutes and listening to the meditation, reading the gospel, or talking to God in your own way. But look for the strength that only He can give you. Your life and mine is like a tree: the stronger its roots are, the more it grows, and the more fruit it bears. May your roots come from those moments of prayer.
3)Turbulence. God never leaves you alone. He is always by your side, even in those moments when you feel everything is collapsing. Don’t be afraid because calm comes when you let Him into your life. The apostles did everything possible to hold on, but God did the impossible to support them. In your life do everything possible to be happy, and remember that God does even the impossible to make you happy. Just one detail: let Him come into your life.
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember, Heaven is our goal!