Saturday, April 9, 2016

Reflection: John 6:16-21

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter – John 6:16-21
In today's gospel we hear about a storm at sea.  As evening drew near, Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore, and got in their boat to cross over to Capernaum.  It was dusk, and before long it would be dark. The disciples were anxious to get to Capernaum. As they began rowing, the skies grew increasingly cloudy and threatening.  The wind kept getting stronger.
After they had rowed several miles, they saw a figure approaching them.  How could this be? The disciples could not believe what they saw. The figure was walking on the water!  Was this real or were they imagining it?  They likely thought, “No one can walk on water.  That is impossible! Who could this person be?” The disciples felt very afraid.
As Jesus approached the boat, he simply said to them: “Do not be afraid.” Clearly, Jesus’ words did not dispel the disciples’ fears. Did the disciples think they were hallucinating?  This figure looked like Jesus and his voice sounded like Jesus’ voice. Then Jesus said to them: “It is I. There is no need to fear.”
The disciples were torn and still afraid.  They were uncertain about what to do, but if it truly was Jesus, they definitely wanted Him to come into their boat.  However, they suddenly arrived at the shore.
Today, do you wish that you also would hear Jesus say to you: “Do not be afraid.” What are you worried and concerned about in your life?  What are you afraid of? Life often presents us with a great variety of situations and circumstances that cause us to be afraid.  It might be an illness.  It could be a significant relationship that is painful, conflicted, or abusive.  It may be that we are chronic worriers and this causes great anxiety in our lives.  It might be a fragile financial situation.
Today, Jesus is saying to each of us: “Do not be afraid!  Let me come into your “boat” and I will calm the waters of your mind and heart.  Trust me.  You are not alone. You are never alone. I am always with you.”  Will we invite Jesus into the “boat” of our lives?  It is our choice!

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