FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Saturday of Easter Time
May 4, 2019
WORD of the DAY
The sea was stirred up 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 began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid. (John 6: 18-20)
How shall I live this Word?
A monk comments on this passage from the Gospel: “Without Him, in the dark, while a strong wind is blowing: this happens frequently. The most obvious result is the fear of not making it, of being submerged by the waves, of having to declare oneself defeated by events. We hear every day about drowning people, lives overwhelmed by the waves, frightened men and women.
Abandonment, marginalization, solitude are the evils of our time. All too often we must note that not only Jesus is not among them, but that those who should make the love of the Lord felt with their presence are also absent. It is always comforting, however, to know that then as now, He comes and walks on the water and then is welcomed into our rickety boat. Once present and welcomed, He can really speak to us words of consolation and make our boat, our life, happily reach the goal”. And He can make sure that we can become welcoming toward others. Invite them into our boat, that is perhaps a little shaky and insecure, but able to hold the presence of the Teacher.
The Voice of a Religious
It is I! Do not be afraid! Often, Lord our God, the sea of our daily life erupts into a tempest. Send Your Son to calm the waters, granting that we may have a foretaste of the peace that we will enjoy with You forever.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA