Wednesday After Epiphany
Malvern Minute


Wednesday After Epiphany

January 8, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


First Letter of Saint John 4:11-18

Psalm 72

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 Bethsadia, while He dismissed the crowd.  And when He had taken leave of them He went off to the mountain to pray” (Mark 6:45-47) 

Today’s Gospel gives us the vivid picture of Jesus’ disciples having difficulty crossing the sea due to a strong wind while He went off to the mountain to pray.  We learn that the boat was tossed around and they were most probably very frightened.  But wait.  Weren’t most of these men fishermen?  Surely they had experienced bad weather before.  Let’s look a bit deeper in the events that are explained in Mark’s narrative.

First, Jesus goes off to pray.  After the stunning multiplication of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus has an incredible lesson to teach us.  We learn that all apostolic works are built upon and sustained by the great weapon to reach in every Christian’s hands and heart – the power of prayer.  Jesus went off to pray to His Father to thank Him, to join with Him and to ask His advice about His future.

Second, Jesus is so responsive to prayer no matter how imperfect our pray may be.  The disciples cried out in fear when the saw Jesus walking on the water toward them.  He was no ghost.  Our Lord reassures them by saying, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”  As Jesus boards the boat the sea calms down.  His presence in our lives calms our fears but we need to call out to Him to get His attention.  We do this through prayer.

St. Augustine said, “He came treating the waves; and so He puts all the swelling tumults of life under His feet.  Christians – why be afraid.”    

Friends, walking with Christ permits us to conquer the waves which overwhelm us.  Contact with Him in prayer helps us to find solid ground in the midst of “quicksand.” 

Question of the Day:  Will you walk without fear knowing that our Lord will give you courage and faith? 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I believe in you and know that you hear my prayers. 



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