Tuesday, January 06, 2009
WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – YEAR I
1 JOHN 4:11-18
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has
ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his
love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we
remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit.
Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as
savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of
God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to
believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains
in love remains in God and God in him. In this is love brought to
perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with
punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
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
The most phenomenal detail in today's Gospel is that Jesus is actually
seen by his disciples walking on water in the middle of the night.
What do you think this meant to the disciples? What does it mean to
you now, some 2,000 years later? What does this fact say to you about
Off hand, it is quite easy to say that he is God and nothing is
impossible with God. So, walking on water was no mean feat. But was
this how his disciples knew him? As far as everyone in his time was
concerned, he was a prophet, and a very charismatic one at that. He
performed many miracles, but he also prayed every occasion he could.
In fact, the reading today mentions that he had gone up the hills to
spend some time in prayer soon after he dismissed the people who had
come to see him.
As he prayed, what do you suppose he prayed about? What did he talk to
his Father about? If we are to genuinely follow him and emulate his
ways as Christians, we may need to ask God for His grace to teach us
how Jesus prayed and communed with his father.
Let that be our prayer today.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Fr Pat Umberger
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Lilia Serrano. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edward Philip Montana
- Birthday: Mother Stella Salao, OP
- Prayer Intention: Prime Spots Inc.
- Prayer Intention: Dionisio Ang
- Prayer Intention: Robert Ang
- Wedding Anniversary: Tyrone & Letty Tang
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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