January 7, 2015
(St. Angela of Foligno)
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. 1 Jn 4:11-18
We live in a world filled with, and often based on – physical emotions and experiences. And sometimes it’s difficult to sense the Spiritual and Supernatural side of life.
Yesterday, in Mark’s Gospel, we heard the story of the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves, where Jesus fed a crowd of thousands of people from just a few scraps of bread.
And today’s miracles, by Jesus, immediately followed.
He left His disciples to fend for themselves, for just a little while, so that He could refresh himself in prayer. It sounds, just like our own experiences with our children, or our grandchildren; You just can’t leave them alone for a minute, without them getting into some kind of trouble. Not that they’re bad. But it just seems, they need our constant attention.
You see, the supernatural, ‘Multiplication of the loaves of bread,’ the ‘Walking on water,’ and the ‘Calming of the storm’ were just beyond what the disciples could even imagine possible.
When we live in a physical world where everything is “Gimme, gimme more,” and “If you hurt me, I’ll hurt you back,” it can be hard to understand the words – “I’ll give you everything you want just because I love you,” and “just because you hurt me, I’ll still forgive you.“
But this IS the Love that John is speaking about.
The Love that IS God, and the LOVE that WE too, can BE.
You see, the storm, wasn’t really the issue in today’s story. The issue was that Jesus loved His disciples SO incredibly much that He would let absolutely NOTHING hurt them: not hunger, not loneliness, not physical ailments, not even death. And Jesus would walk on water to show them that love.
It is a love that is so great, that even fear is annihilated by it.
Who would we ‘walk on water’ to show our love to, beloved?
Jesus said – It should be EVERYONE!
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