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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the Psalter Week 2 Download This Homily

January 9, 2018

Wednesday of the Psalter Week 2


1 John 4:11-18 ;

Psalm 72:1-2, 10, 12-13;

Gospel MK 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.


Their Hearts Were Dull


We are in the 2nd week of this New Year. New Year celebrations have become a distant memory. We have started to forget the new year promises we have made. We have a new calendar on our walls. Calendars change, but wall remains the same. The same way years come and go, but we remain the same. Many incidents in our life inspire us for some time, but we go on our old habits.


Something similar is happening in the lives of the disciples of Jesus in this passage. After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand people, the disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus. They collected twelve baskets of broken pieces of bread and fish leftover from the five loaves and two fish. At Cana they drank the wine he made out of water, they saw the numerous miraculous healings. They themselves had worked miracles in his name. When he walked over the sea and the tempest ceased in his presence, they were astounded. They were unable to understand the fact of the loaves. Their minds were dull, their hearts were hardened.


Until the Holy Spirit descended on them they were unable to understand Jesus. Till the Spirit strengthened them their faith was weak.


Till the Spirit strengthens us we too are weak. Years come and go, calendars change. Let us not remain the same. Let us pray to the Spirit to strengthen us.


Fr. James M L CMI


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