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John 6:16-21

The Word of God

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

John 6:16-21
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    • “It is I; do not be afraid.” These words of Jesus about fear can be a mantra or a chorus of our lives. In all the different anxieties, they are spoken to us. The disciples heard them and remembered them on many occasions. These words, ‘It is I, do not be afraid' are words which Jesus is speaking to each of us, all of the time.
    • Lord, I am written in your heart. Even when I forget you in my struggle to survive, you do not forget me.
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    • Pope Saint John Paul II began his first homily as Pontiff with the words “Do not be afraid!” Today, in a world full of fear, anxiety and paralysis, we need to take that powerful advice to heart and to “open wide the doors for Christ.”
    • Today is the feast of Saint Catherine of Sienna, who famously said: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
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    • Here we see a characteristic of Jesus: he keeps his disciples in view, not only when things are going well, but when conditions are stormy. Lord, help me trust that you will never let me out of your sight, and watch over the Christian community as it labours along.
    • Today I can take as my mantra your promise, ‘It is I; do not be afraid’.
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    • The disciples knew they were in difficulty and had work to do. They would have been keenly aware of Jesus’ absence. Now, seeing him approach them, they had to ask what they meant to him. I consider how I sometimes struggle ‘against the wind’ and am slow to recognise that help Jesus offers to me.
    • I pray for all people who are in trouble or in need, that they might recognise the approach of Jesus in experiencing some care from others. May they not be afraid, but be embraced by the one who approaches those who know their need.
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    • The Lake of Galilee knows sudden changes –from calm seas to treacherous waves. Jesus uses this event to challenge the terrified disciples to trust him more. His presence and words turns the tide once again for them.
    • Lord, the boat of my life is sometimes plunged into despair by dark events in our Church and in our world. Then my faith is tested and I sense your absence. Grant me the grace to hang on in faith.
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    • The disciples travel without Jesus, but without him they will be lost. With him they arrive ‘immediately’. What does this teach me about staying close to Jesus? Do I take him into my boat every day?
    • Human beings cannot control storms and waves. So the disciples are given here a revelation of the mysterious power of Jesus. He is indeed human, but divine too! He uses his power for our good.
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    • Jesus has gone up a mountain to pray while the disciples row across the lake. He does not forget them, but from his high ground keeps an eye on their plight. All the time they are struggling with the waves, Jesus has his eyes on them.
    • Lord, I am written in your heart. Even when I forget you in my struggle to survive, you do not forget me.
    • These words of Jesus about fear can be a mantra or a chorus of our lives. In all the different anxieties, they are spoken to us. The disciples heard them and remembered them on many occasions. These words, ‘It is I, do not be afraid' are words which Jesus is speaking to each of us, all of the time.
    • Why did the disciples go on ahead, not waiting for Jesus to come with them? How often do I live my life like that, depending on myself, without reference to the Lord? And what happens when I do?
    • Jesus echoes the Passover again as he crosses the sea by his own mysterious power. Once the disciples want him with them again on their journey, the storms around them subside and they get safely to their destination. I ask him to be with me and to master the storms around me or within me, which sometimes threaten to engulf me.
    • The disciples had often made this journey with Jesus. Now, travelling on their own on the agitated sea, they realised that Jesus was with them still; they experienced his care for them. I am reminded that I am never alone, especially in times of struggle or disorientation.
    • Being sent by Jesus does not always mean leaving home as a missionary. Like the disciples who made this journey in the expectation of meeting with Jesus again, I am sent every day. My times of prayer see me telling Jesus about what I have experienced, being nourished and sent out again.

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