30th of April

Publié le 29 Avril 2022

Gospel text

(Jn 6:16-21): 


When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.


The Application


Night and darkness, sea and high tide of today's gospel, are the visible signs of our desolations. Many of us don’t wish to live these moments of desolations, because they trouble us and sometime break us into pieces. The disciples of the Lord make us to discover that our path towards the Lord, the path of faith, must travel, like them, those paths up and down, the path of night and day, the path on the ground and also in the deep water, etc. On this path, God will come to meet us, through men, the men of our days, not the way we expect him to, but in His own way. He chooses the right moment and place to make us to discover something new or teach us something exceptional. All that we need is patience and confidence.


Today, Jesus chose the night and the troubled water at the same time, so that his disciples could discover their Master, his power, his power on earth. When man goes through these moments of night and darkness, God will come to assure us of peace, "it is I. Do not be afraid." The peace that Jesus grants us, helps us to have a look of faith, a look that makes us discover the invisible elements of our life, or the moments of life, where the truth is hidden, the truth of life. In the first reading we discovered that God has chosen this moment of conflict and dispute to help us discover the ministry of the diaconate, the service that is necessary for the salvation of men. Let us trust in God, everything is providence, including our desolations.


Action of the day: Embrace courageously and joyfully the desolations of life.

“It is I. Do not be afraid.”


Fr. Vicenç GUINOT i Gómez

(Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain)


Today, Jesus disconcerts us. We were used to a Redeemer who, attentive to all kinds of human destitution, would not doubt to have recourse to his divine power. In fact, this happens just after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed a large hungry crowd. But now, instead, He disconcerts us with a miracle —to walk over the waters— that looks very much like Jesus was just playing to the gallery. Certainly not! Jesus had already discarded using his divine power to look for personal sparkle or profit when, at the beginning of his mission, He refused to be tempted by the Evil one.

By walking over the waters, Jesus Christ is showing his mastery of all things created. We might, however, also see a dramatization of his dominion over the Evil one, represented by the dark and stormy sea.

“Do not be afraid.” (Jn 6:20), Jesus told them on that occasion. “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33), He will tell them after the Last Supper. Lastly, it is Jesus who, that Paschal morning, told the women after He rose from the tomb: “Do not be afraid.” Through the testimony of the Apostles, we are aware of Jesus' victories over man's enemies, sin and death. This is why, today, his words resound in our heart with special strength, as they are the words of Someone who is alive.

The same words Jesus addressed Peter and the Apostles, were repeated by Saint John Paul II, Peter's successor, at the beginning of his papacy: “Do not be afraid.” It was a call to open our hearts, our own existence, to the Redeemer so that with him we are not afraid to face the attacks of Christ's enemies.

Before our personal frailness to successfully carry out the missions the Lord has asked us to do (a vocation, an apostolic project, a service...), we may console ourselves just knowing that the Virgin Mary —after all a creature like ourselves— also heard the same words from the angel before facing the mission which the Lord had entrusted her with. Let us learn from her to accept Jesus' invitation every day, in every circumstance.


Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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