Le 6 Janvier

Publié le 5 Janvier 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Marc 6,45-52.


Aussitôt après avoir nourri les cinq mille hommes, Jésus obligea ses disciples à monter dans la barque et à le précéder sur l’autre rive, vers Bethsaïde, pendant que lui-même renvoyait la foule.
Quand il les eut congédiés, il s’en alla sur la montagne pour prier.
Le soir venu, la barque était au milieu de la mer et lui, tout seul, à terre.
Voyant qu’ils peinaient à ramer, car le vent leur était contraire, il vient à eux vers la fin de la nuit en marchant sur la mer, et il voulait les dépasser.
En le voyant marcher sur la mer, les disciples pensèrent que c’était un fantôme et ils se mirent à pousser des cris.
Tous, en effet, l’avaient vu et ils étaient bouleversés. Mais aussitôt Jésus parla avec eux et leur dit : « Confiance ! c’est moi ; n’ayez pas peur ! »
Il monta ensuite avec eux dans la barque et le vent tomba ; et en eux-mêmes ils étaient au comble de la stupeur,
car ils n’avaient rien compris au sujet des pains : leur cœur était endurci.

Le message

Il y a certains mots qui attirent mon attention.

« Jésus obligea ses disciples. » Une obligation forcée par le Seigneur est une formation forcée. Cette formation que nous aimerions éviter, nous aide à approfondir notre foi, la foi en Jésus Christ.

« Sur la montage », est une indication qui nous montre l’importance de la contemplation et méditation. « Sur la montagne », nous dit que Jésus est en prière, avec son Père. La montagne signifie la présence de Dieu. Dieu voit tout ce qui passe dans notre vie. Nous ne sommes pas abandonnés, mais surveillés par le Seigneur.

« Un fantôme » nous montre la panique de disciples. Lorsqu’on est désespérés, il faut savoir se calmer et apprendre à regarder les évènements tels qu’ils sont, sinon nous allons nous tromper dans notre discernement.

« N’ayez pas peur » Dieu ne nous juge pas, il vient nous apporter la confiance et l’assurance. C’est dans cette confiance que nous pourrions découvrir les merveilles que Dieu fait dans notre vie. Si nous posons trop de questions, il est évident que nous n’accordons pas assez de temps au Seigneur pour nous répondre. Lorsque nous sommes affectés, le silence intérieur peut nous aider à apercevoir la vérité et la présence de l’accompagnement divin dans notre vie.

In English

Scripture: Mark 6:45-52 [alternate reading for the Feast of Epiphany: Matthew 2:1-12]

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear." 51 And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

The message

Exceptionally I look today’s gospel in a different way. First of all, I see it literally by looking the events with a regard of faith. The first one is the obligation imposed by Jesus to leave. It is certainly clear that the disciples desired to profit the fame of a great miracle. Many of us do the same. God looks these events differently and will force us to separate us from such events. If you remember, you will realize that this obligation was imposed by Jesus while He was at the house of the mother-in-law of Peter. These obligations are most at time a proposal by God to learn and meditate. He knew that the future will be tough and if we clink on such events, though very rich theologically and spiritually, we may fall prey to just opposite and the temptation to hold on power and glory may over through us from divine proximity.

The second aspect is “Jesus on the mountain.” His presence on the mountain suggest to us the importance that Jesus has given for the meditation and contemplation. It is important that Jesus remains in the Father and perfectly coherent with the will of the Father. His absence while disciples in difficulty though look strange for us, it is this moments that we are given the opportunity to discover the depth of our faith. These events though difficult for us, they do help us to deepen our faith. Many of us fall, but we can always rise again. Jesus on the mountain does affirm us not His absence, rather His watchful presence in our human journey. He will never abandon us.

"Take heart, it is I; have no fear." When we are panicked, it is the time to calm ourselves and look the events as they are, without imposing any personal interpretation. Most at time we faill drastically in our discernment. Their cry as ghost does prove this to us and many of us do the same. Jesus doesn’t judge us, even if we call Him as ghost. He always assures us confidence. It is in this assurance of God’s goodness, even if we stand against Him, will give us the hope and faith. If we learn to look the events particularly in our difficult times, with a regard of faith, we will discover the marvellous work that God does in us and the divine accompaniment in every state of our life.

The wonderful ending of the gospel in deep silence does invoke in us the demand and the impotence of silence in the process of interiorization of these events. It is wonderful to see that Jesus accompanies them. It is the same assurance that God gives us today. He will be always with us and it is the essence the Good News that we are called to announce and the very reason of our Christian JOY.

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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