Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Second Week of Easter (9th April, 2016) on the Gospel


Acts 6:1-7;
Ps 32:1-2.4-5.18-19. (R. v. 22);
Jn 6:16-21.

Topic: Do nothing without Jesus.

In today’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples left Him on the mountain and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was dark and the wind made the sea to be rough for them. They were terrified when they saw Jesus coming towards them walking on the sea after they had rowed about three or four miles. He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

It is very easy to conclude that the sea became rough for Jesus’ disciples as a result of the wind that was blowing. It is necessary to look beyond this.

The gospel also tells us that it was dark. And Jesus tells us, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). Again, everything obeys Jesus not excluding the wind and the sea, cf. Mk 4:41; Matt 8:27; Lk 8:25. Based on these, it is evident that their primarily problem was their leaving Jesus on the mountain while crossing the sea. Hence, the wind and the sea could not obey them. We must also remember His words, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).

How often do we remember to involve Jesus as we embark on everything? Sometimes, some only remember Him when things are really bad. Whoever wants his/her journey to be truly assured must involve Jesus from its very beginning to its very end. He is ever ready to help us.

Bible Reading: Jn 15:1-17.

Thought for today: Do everything with Jesus

Let us pray: Lord, help us always to know how vulnerable we are without you – Amen.

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