Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid"
The picture is of dawn on the sea of Tiberias. Today's Gospel is one of my favorites. After Jesus had fed the 5,000, Mark tells us,"Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side...he went off to the mountain to pray."
Jesus sent his disciples out into a storm; he, however, is praying but realizes that they are in trouble for the boat is being tossed about and the wind was against them. "He came to them walking on the sea." They are terrified as Jesus is walking on the water! He calls out, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid." He is still saying the same to each of us and coming to us when we need him. So listen to him as he says once again, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid."
Today is also the feast of St. Raymond of Penafort, a 13th century Spanish Dominican who was famous for his teaching and preaching. He became the Master General of the Order and revised their Constitutions. He also organized the papal decrees which became the basis for the code of Canon Law.