The Third Week
SOLEMNITY of EPHIPHANY
8 January 2017
“Lord, open my lips,and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. …
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 1 John 4
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened. Mark 6
How often fear takes away our ability to love!
But, love drives out fear.
It appears that the key is to “understand the incident of the loaves.”
If Jesus has power, then it is foolish for us to fear.
If we won’t let Jesus have power in our lives,
then our hearts are still hardened.
Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord,
that we might let him love us
and take away all our fears,
that we might love more courageously, more completely.
Lord.give me the joy of lasting peace
and fill my heart with so much love
that there is no more room for the worry and dread.
Teach me too, to follow Your Star and thus to become a shining star in the world.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.