May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010616.cfm

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.

Jesus is always in our boat! No matter where we go or what we do, Jesus is there. He hears our thoughts, our prayers, He knows our heart and He knows our intentions. So why are we so afraid? Why have we not learned to trust in Him and turn over all our fears to Him? It took the Disciples a long time to get this message. We have had over 2,000 years – what is our excuse? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give you my fear, I give you my temptations to fear and Lord, I give you my life. Do with it as you will, not me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

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