One Minute Reflection – 9 January – 3rd Day after Epiphany – Gospel: Mark 6:45-52
But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. ...Mark 6:50-51
REFLECTION – “This is an effective image of the Church – a boat which must brave the storms and sometimes seems on the point of capsizing. What saves her is not the skill and courage of her crew members but faith which allows her to walk, even in the dark, amid hardships. Faith gives us the certainty of Jesus’ presence always beside us, of His hand which grasps us to pull us back from danger. We are all on this boat and we feel secure here despite our limitations and our weaknesses. We are safe especially when we are ready to kneel and worship Jesus, the only Lord of our life.”...Pope Francis – Angelus, 10 August 2014
PRAYER – O Lord, You who came to save us, teach us all to live and breathe our love for You and Your teachings. Help us all to realise and give thanks for Your love for us and always to feel and grasp Your presence. Your life of pain and sorrow, lived to save us, is our only guide. Through Mary, Your holy and loving Mother and our Mother, grant us courage and gratitude, amen.