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Mark 6:45-52

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Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 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. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 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." Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Mark 6:45-52
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    • This is a story about peace of soul. At the end of a long day beset by crowds, Jesus does not sleep, but climbs a mountain to pray on his own. That bond with his father was the source of his strength. We enjoy the same bond, the Holy Spirit in us; we can use the same strength.
    • It is also a story about panic. With the waves breaking over the boat, the disciples cannot believe that the Lord has seen them, and is approaching. I hear him say to me: Come.
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    • The prayer of Jesus did not remove him from the world but deepened his connection with those around him, especially with those in need. In this time of quiet I ask that God may show me those to whom I might turn.
    • The disciples were fortunate: living with and listening to Jesus. Yet something prevented them from receiving this message in their hearts. I, too, live with many blessings: I pray that they not be hidden from me or that I become ungrateful. Help me, Lord, to appreciate your presence.
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    • Jesus’ life was intensely active, yet he always nurtured his communication with God in silence and solitude. He needed to visit this wellspring to nourish his being. Let Sacred Space be a wellspring for me. From it may I draw strength to be fully alive.
    • The boat can be taken as a symbol for Mark’s little church, and the storm as a symbol for the persecution suffered by his Christian Community. Jesus’s words do not be afraid” surely resonate with all Christians today who often live in an indifferent or hostile world.
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    • When the apostles cried out something happened. It seemed to be like that with them - they were able to let their fear and terror out, and let Jesus know how they felt and their danger. Most of Jesus' signs and miracles happen when someone or a group asks with the heart. He is no magician, easy gift giver. Jesus and ourselves interact in faith. When we really ask for something, something always happens. What do you really want to ask him for in prayer? What storm in life needs calming? In your life or in another's? We know and believe that no prayer is unheard but that something good happens in our life when we speak to Jesus from the heart.
    • Jesus was praised by everyone. Something about him caught their attention, their attraction and their love. Maybe his words and the way he spoke them. One person can speak of the love of God in an affirming way, another in a threatening way. The people knew Jesus life as well as hearing his words. Only later would they reject him.
    • For now, in your prayer, how would you praise Jesus? What do you like about him? Praise and prayer go together.
    • He went to pray - something Jesus did very often. We know little of how he prayed, what he said, how he sat or stood. It doesn't seem to matter. Similarly with ourselves - how we pray is not as important as that we pray. The good advice of an early Christian writer was, ‘Pray as you can, not as you can't.'
    • Jesus' words "It is I", or simply "I Am", recall the name God gave himself when requested to do so by Moses in the Book of Exodus. (3:14) Here Mark is hinting at Jesus' divine status.
    • The boat can be taken as a symbol for Mark's little church, and the storm as a symbol for the persecution suffered by his Christian community. Jesus' words, "Do not be afraid" surely resonate with all Christians today who often live in an indifferent or hostile world.