DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 6:45-52
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. 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
After Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he left his disciples by themselves. He went to a place to pray alone.
The disciples should sail across the lake of Galilee, only to find themselves in a life-threatening storm. Although they were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives.
Jesus came to them walking on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance. The disciples were terrified rather than joyful when they saw Jesus’ presence on the water. They thought a ghost had appeared to seal their doom. They couldn’t believe it was really him until he spoke words of assurance: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who says to us, “Don’t give in to fear or panic, but take courage and be calm, because I am here for you and ready to help you in your need.” Let’s recognize the Lord’s abiding presence with us. Jesus Christ the Lord never leaves us alone, but keeps constant watch over us at all times, especially when we are tempted and feel weak or helpless.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we never doubt your saving help and your ever watchful presence, especially in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist now and forever. Amen.