A reading from the gospel according to Mark 6:45-52
45 After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
46 And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.
47 When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
48 Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.
49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
50 They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
51 He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astounded.
52 They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
Points for Reflection:
1. Once more, we read in the gospel that Jesus went off to the mountain to pray. He is showing us the importance of being alone with our Creator through prayer. Our Lord Jesus knew that He is the Son of God yet He never failed to pray even after the success of His works. Let us pray not just to ask God for our needs and wants but also to give Him thanks for what He had already done for us.
2. Jesus could have walked on the water before the storm but He chose to walk while there was storm. The water was roiling, moving fast up and down so the situation was really dangerous. But there He was, walking upon the waves. This means that He is really God. Power was not just with Him. He is THE POWER. By walking on the water, He demonstrated to His disciples His being God and that He is on top of the situation.
3. Still, the disciples were terrified. Even after they witness the miracle of the multiplication of the bread and fish, they were still lacking in faith. For some people, faith in Jesus does not develop instantly. They may have to continually encounter Him in their life before they develop a relationship with Him. There is no need to rush. Patience and understanding are needed for these people.
4. In the midst of the storms that come our way, Jesus never fails to appear to reassure us of His presence and help. As the Psalmist say:
“You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them. (Psalm 89:10)
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).