Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Storms of Life

And immediately he obliged his disciples to go up into the ship, that they might go before him over the water to Bethsaida, whilst he dismissed the people. And when he had dismissed them, he went up to the mountain to pray. And when it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and himself alone on the land. And seeing them labouring in rowing, (for the wind was against them,) and about the fourth watch of the night, he cometh to them walking upon the sea, and he would have passed by them. But they seeing him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out. For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I, fear ye not. And he went up to them into the ship, and the wind ceased: and they were far more astonished within themselves: For they understood not concerning the loaves; for their heart was blinded.
Mark 6:45-52 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father I am reminded of the many storms that pass through our own lives and fail to recognize you walking with us when we are battered about by the seas of life. How we are so blinded by our sins and the many things we have that are not really needed. Why is it that the disciples failed to understand that you provided for many, and you also are there in times of disquiet through your Son Jesus. Why are we too, often troubled when you provide for us in these ways, are we just as blinded. Are our hearts that closed to any of your help in the way that we have just read about. It's not such a mystery after all Jesus revealed your love and how you provide for those who have nothing. Even when we doubt you show us like Jesus did with the Apostles the calming of the storm raging around them. Yet even in our faith we fail to recognize you in our own lives your hand in the storms that we encounter. May we find trust in you this day and the blindness that covers our eyes we may see your hand in soothing the turbulence of the elements that rock our boats.

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