FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday January 9, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Then he made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. 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. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” 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. (Mark 6: 45-52)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus’ works are not an end in themselves. Even the ‘event of the bread’ has a meaning that goes beyond the material aspect of the event. Before the bread, Jesus sees before Him people. He is interested in those who are listening to Him and do His will, not to give Him more pleasure, but seeing their true needs, the ‘more’ that is in each one; He sees their desire to be satisfied above all, in their need to be valued and welcomed.
The way of approaching others is not an unimportant accessory. It should be a warm and expressive gesture that transmits warmth even with a handshake and when we wait for the last one to depart, even though late, and he/she does not feel ignored. His uninterrupted relationship with His Father urges Jesus to strengthen His presence with His disciples as well, exuberant because of their success among the crowds, think they can do without Him. Abundance or indigence is not important. What counts is to receive the Lord at every moment remembering that without Him we can do nothing.
How my relationship is with Jesus so too will be my relationship be with my sisters and brothers. Do I only seek Him when I need to ask Him for something? Do I consider Him like a rescue boat for my frustrations, only thinking of Him when I need something? Am I able to accept Him for who He is and to remain in His presence even when His silence prevails; to expect everything from Him at the opportune time?
The Voice of I. Calvino
There cannot be love if I am not myself with all my strength.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili