On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 6, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Many who have not entered into a relationship with our Lord and God have either an irrational fear of Him or no reverent fear at all.

The former thinks that God is angry and vengeful, so it is better to tread carefully. While others are afraid that God will make them do or act on things they do not want to do. They will somehow be made His puppets.

Jesus shows us by example the nature of God’s love for us. How He lived not for Himself but for us. How He sent his tired and worn disciples ahead to rest and recover from serving the 5000. While he alone sent the huge crowd off away bidding them farewell.  He showed us how we can always turn to God our Father in prayer when we are tired and weary. And He will give us rest and strength.

Jesus teaches us to recognise the love of God in our lives. So that we who are God’s children can cry out to Him with great confidence, courage and He will come to us. He will live in us as we in Him. Amen

First reading
1 John 4:11-18

My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.

No one has ever seen God;
but as long as we love one another God will live in us and his love will be complete in us.

We can know that we are living in Him and he is living in us because he lets us share his Spirit.

We ourselves saw and we testify that the Father sent his Son as saviour of the world.

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him, and he in God.

We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves.

God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.

Love will come to its perfection in us when we can face the day of Judgement without fear; because even in this world we have become as he is.

In love there can be no fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love: because to fear is to expect punishment, and anyone who is afraid is still imperfect in love.

Gospel
Mark 6:45-52

After the five thousand had eaten and were filled, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them he went off into the hills to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. He could see they were worn out with rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the lake. He was going to pass them by, but when they saw him walking on the lake they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they had all seen him and were terrified. But he at once spoke to them, and said, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not 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.

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