Wednesday after Epiphany Mercredi après l’Epiphanie

“When his disciples saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out..but at once he spoke to them and said, ’Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.”
Thursday 26 November 2015

1 Jn.4,11-18 Ps;71 Mk.6,45-52

Wednesday after Epiphany

“And straight away after the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead on the other side near Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them, he went off into the hills to pray.”

We might understand that after this long mission Jesus has just been on that he would go off to pray. In fact, we are here in a difficult crisis, hard to grasp. The meaning of the multiplication of the loaves wasn’t understood and the disciples have let themselves been contaminated by the crowd wanting to turn Jesus into their King. The Kingdom of God is in this world but not of this world. We always think of happiness of this world as though it is like God’s kingdom! Jesus will even say that if the crowd is seeking him it’s because they’ve been able to have enough to eat with him! What terrible ordeals when we are going through misunderstandings : the crowd is looking for Jesus to make him into a king! No longer any need to work, it’s enough to multiply loaves and fishes! And yet Jesus had talked to them for a long while about the Father’s Loving tender Mercy!

Jesus said goodbye to the crowds and then went off to the mountain to pray. Like Jesus, at the end of the day, we ought to go and pray apart and thank Jesus for all the marvels he did throughout the day. After this time of prayer, Jesus wishes to join his disciples who are out at sea. He does this by walking on the sea.

“When evening came, the boat was far out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. he could see that they were hard pressed in their rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night, he came towards them, walking on the sea. He was going to pass them by, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost and cried out, for they had all seen him and were terrified.”

Jesus invites us to have an endless confidence ; we need to hear him say to everyone : “Trust, it’s me, don’t be afraid!” Our hearts can often be blinded like the disciples; our hearts can also not recognise the Lord straight away, He who comes to be close to us despite us moving away from Him. We don’t recognise Him when he is walking on the waters, we think he is a ghost. So during this Christmas season, let us listen to Jesus’ call, let us contemplate Christ who comes and visits all of our lives. Let us take the time to sit next to Him and contemplate all the times he is present in our lives. Let us have this confidence, he invites us to have great confidence in Him. Like the disciples he doesn’t’ want our hearts tor remain blind. Let us contemplate Christ, for our boat is floating away, we are afraid. Jesus seems so far away! Thus we can be transformed, be converted about the ’temporal messianic’ letting God’s mystery come to us. It is in an act of faith, hope and love that we ned to situate ourselves! "Seek first the Kingdom of God and hi justice, and all the rest will be given to us on top of all else, ’says Jesus.

But at once Jesus spoke to them and said, ’Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind dropped. They were utterly and completely dumbfounded, because they had not seen what the miracle of the loaves meant ; their minds were closed."

With the help of he Word of God, we can contemplate Jesus, where he reveals himself to us ; we can contemplate him in the sacraments and particularly in the Eucharist where he comes, really present amongst us. And so we can contemplate his mercy in the sacrament of forgiveness, where, out of Love, he comes to reveal to us inviting us to trust. Let us enter into this trust, Jesus is there, close to us ; let’s not be afraid ; he is here, present to each one of us, even though we might not see him. Trust, he is here even though we don’t feel his presence and we feel far from him; He is so close is her Trust! Don’t be afraid! It’s Him! It is the Relationship of Love that creates unity and cohesion between all mankind. In this New Love we are going to run to help one another. In this way, He is made visible. Jesus offers everything to the Father and brings about the Kingdom of God in our midst! We want to be converted to allow the Holy Sprit to convert us from the inside. The relationship with Jesus must deepen so that Jesus becomes the Only Master of our heart. It is in this new link that we build up the civilisation of Love.

We ask for the grace to enter into the Love of God to build up the civilisation of Love