Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mk 6:45-52 Loosening Hearts

Wednesday after Epiphany


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.”

Jesus continues to surprise the disciples. Just a few days ago, he multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of over five thousand people, having twelve baskets of leftovers after the meal. On this occasion, he walks on water—in a storm, no less—and enters the disciples’ boat teetering among the waves and calms the wind with his entry. Despite a the great feats, a tinge of melancholy appears afterward: instead of increasing their faith, the miracles seem to do the opposite.

Up to this point, the disciples had witnessed many miracles of Jesus and heard his teachings; calming the waters should not have surprised them. Because it surprised them, and surprises modern audiences, they fail to see the truth behind the miracles. Instead their hearts harden as they likely debate their own sanity as Jesus settles himself in the boat. The storm of confusion still assails their minds despite the actual storm disappearing around them. They focus on the spectacle, the effect, and lose sight of the source, the cause.

Rather, they should have recognized that Jesus was God Incarnate and had command over the elements should the world pose obstacles against him—and the world frequently does. This is true on a spiritual plane: even if a soul should isolate himself in middle of an endless sea of doubt, paranoia, and solipsism, Jesus will cross the waters, stop the storms, and tell that person to overcome their fears and accept Him. This is also true in a physical way: the gospel has found its way across vast oceans, deserts, and wild jungles to convert those ready to repent and receive Christ.

More than anyone, the disciples needed to learn this lesson, for they too would have to walk on water and tell their audiences to “take courage” and “not be afraid.” They would have to calm the winds of adversity blowing through the ages, especially in those first few centuries after the Church’s founding.

Moreover, they could not rely on the proliferation of miracles to spreadthe gospel. Miracles are always a means, never an end to conversion. Contrary to the false notion of atheists who idolize the god Science, Christianity does not spread because of miracles and gullible peasants believing in them. Christianity spreads because of the love Christians have for one another as well as for their persecutors. The miracles they perform manifest the love they have. The magnitude of Jesus’ miracles indicates just how much love He had for His fellow men.

For this reason, John’s letter preaches love, not miracles. The Christian responds to God’s gift of Jesus with love: “if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” Through Jesus, God first models love, which can then be imitated by all men with open heartsReal love, the love “that remains in God and God in him,” obviously does not rest on the tumultuous waves of ephemeral feelings; it walks over the waves with ease. Real love does not suffer the buffeting of the winds; it calms those winds.

Christian love, embodied by Christ, preserved by His Church, nurtured by God’s children, outlasts the storms of politics, economics, culture, and other such factors that determine the fate of civilizations. It is the miracle that causes all other miracles.

1 comment:

  1. Inspiring Meditation Benedict! Thank you!

    The sentence that got me thinking in this Gospel was when the Scripture said, “He meant to pass by them.”…. speaking of Jesus passing by the disciples.

    Every word of Scripture is inspired and cannot go to waste. I wonder the meaning of these words. If the Gospel is eternal, these words must mean something to me for today. I too have to pass by my teens or anyone else when they aren’t ready to hear what I have to say. I have to find a way that will awake them to what I have found in Jesus, without words. Jesus Himself has given me this wonderful task!!! The society we live in loves to talk about our opinions. We are not a listening society, in general. Jesus knew that the disciples didn’t get it. But He also knew that they didn’t understand the miracle of the loaves and fish, so maybe…..He was going to walk past them hoping that they might “see and believe”. Instead, when they cried for help, He could not – not help them. Since He is Love, He could not help Himself!!

    I do wonder what it would be like to be all Love….

    "There is no fear in love,
    but perfect love drives out fear
    because fear has to do with punishment,
    and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love."


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