Faith Daily | 5 January 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 479
by the leading of a star
you manifested your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles:
mercifully grant, that we, who know you now by faith,
may after this life be led to the vision
of your glorious Godhead;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Mark 6: 45-52
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
47 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Allan Bell
Mark’s record of events suggests that the disciples did not have time to discuss the feeding of the five thousand with Jesus before they were sent to Bethsaida by boat. It seems Jesus was keen to be alone in a high place to pray.
Many of us can identify with the need for some time alone after the enjoyable but at times hectic preparations and celebration of Christmas and more recently New Year.
The remainder of the passage is harder for us to comprehend just as it was for the disciples. Like most of the miracles of Jesus it is well beyond human experience or understanding. The disciples witnessing it are so surprised by Jesus walking on the sea that Mark describes them as thinking they had seen a ghost and being terrified. Unlike John the Baptist it seems the disciples had not yet recognized Jesus as the Holy One of God despite the miracles he had performed in their presence including the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus walking on the water and stilling the wind is hard for them to understand from a human viewpoint and only makes sense if you know that Jesus is divine.
This is has not dawned on the disciples because they do not yet have the full story of Jesus laid out as we do to soften our hearts.
For me the essence of the passage reinforces that Jesus is truly divine. For him all is possible and we can take heart in this knowledge.
FINAL PRAYER: Alexis Waid, Prayers of Encouragement, SpirituallyHungry.com
Sometimes I forget who you are and what you have done. I forget that when everyone said it is impossible to raise the dead, you overcame the grave. When my problems seem so big and consuming, I need a reality check. You overcame the world, surely you can help me overcome what troubles me. I seek your mighty power and love today. Amen.