Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

A story is told of a family who celebrated the 40th wedding anniversary of the parents. On that day, all of them were already looking forward to another milestone, the golden wedding anniversary. According to the children, 10 years more of crossing the lake of married/family life to the other side is not so long. However, as the years passed by, family life got rough and the wind of trials was strong. The father suffered bouts of mild stroke five times but recovered each time. The mother oftentimes complained of dizziness and fatigue but was relieved too each time. The health of the parents was failing and became unstable. In another front, the marriage of the eldest daughter was on the verge of breaking up. Then there was the youngest son who wanted to migrate with his family to the U.S. because of the economic difficulties of the home country. So their togetherness, their family solidarity was sorely tested. But each time trials crossed their way, they would cling to the reassuring words of Jesus: “It is I do not be afraid.” And they listened with faith. All told, they soon realized that the golden wedding anniversary of the parents and as a family was close at hand. They finally reached shore, so to speak.

Even the bravest of us have fears, conscious or unconscious, which are known to God alone. In His love, He never tires of reassuring us. “It is I, do not be afraid.” We long to hear these words each time we are in a difficult situation and needless to say, each day, each moment of our life may we listen from the heart of our faith. For with these words, he reaches out to our heart where He wants us to experience the security of being loved by Him and thereby to lose our fear. In sickness, emotional stress or even financial difficulties, let His words: “It is I, do not be afraid,” bring comfort, encouragement and hope. (SSpSAP Bible Diary 2004)

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The story is told about a tourist who asked how much it would cost to experience a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee. “$100.00,” said the boatman. “No wonder Jesus walked on the water!” was the tourist’s reply.

You and I experience fears, limitations and inadequacies in this life that is why our tendency is always to back out, hesitate or even run away. We are often gripped by fear, real or imagined, and so instead of moving on, we pause, we detour or we all together stop and petrify. It is precisely at such times that we need to hear Jesus’ assuring words, ‘it is I, do not be afraid.’

Fear is useless. What is needed is trust. As we go on and grow on, may we become less fearful because we have become more trusting in God rather than in ourselves.

Is there any fear haunting you this very moment? Face the light and the shadow is behind you. Pray now: “Jesus, you know me. You know everything about me. I surrender to you everything. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen!” (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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The sea trip from Siargao Island to Surigao City is oftentimes rough. A calm sea can suddenly turn into violent and threatening, the sea being part of the Pacific Ocean. When the seas are rough, most of the passengers of a small wooden boat plying the town of Del Carmen and mainland Surigao get easily terrified by the big waves. When the crying intensifies and fear overruns the people, Lolo Sancho (the owner in his early 70s then) would reprimand everybody, shouting at the top of his voice: “Waya ba kamoy pagsalig sa Ginuo nga nangahadlok man kamo? Marajaw pam agampo kamo kaysa mohilak!” (Do you not trust the Lord that you are afraid? You better pray than just cry!)

For both the visitors and the people of the island, a stormy sea is always a terrifying experience. For Lolo Sancho however, it is an occasion to chastise the passengers for not trusting the Lord. Almost all his years, day after day, crossing the Sea of Siargao and Surigao, the rough seas taught him to simply trust the Lord. For him no evil can happen to the voyage, because it is God who brings the boat to safety. Simple faith? Maybe. But countless encounters with the rough seas taught him to cling to God for safety.

Life is a journey in stormy seas. Christ has assured us not to be afraid for He is with us. The disciples who were with Jesus got the same assurance. But they were terrified when the sailing got rough and He was not with them. Jesus had to assure them again that He’s around. Constant reassurance is also what we need because, in fact, he will not abandon us. A text sent to me serves as a good reminder: “God, I have a big problem; instead say, hey, problem, I have a big God.” Tell me friend, which problem can be bigger than God.” (Fr. Raul Caga, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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April 9, 2016 Saturday

It is significant that three of the Gospel writers—Matthew, Mark, and John—all write about the story of how Jesus calmed the stormy waters when the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee.

All three also place the story immediately after Jesus multiplies bread. In addition, Matthew and Mark follow the story of the crossing of the sea with identical information about how Jesus cured many sick people at Gennesaret. The placing of these texts in such an order suggests that Jesus was doing his utmost to convince the disciples of his divine power.

Jesus’ calming of the sea nds precedent in several important places in the Old Testament. Psalm 107, for instance, speaks of some people who, being at the mercy of a storm, “lost their nerve in the ordeal . . . with all their seamanship adrift. Then they called to Yahweh in their trouble and he rescued them . . . the waves grew quiet, bringing them, glad at the calm, safe to the port they were bound for” (107:26, 27-30).

Similarly, all three Gospel writers use the same words when they refer to Jesus assuring the disciples that they should not be troubled by his sudden appearance. “It is I! Do not be afraid” (Mt 14:14:28; Mk 6:51; Jn 6:20). Here we remember how God assured Moses of His help when, appearing to him from within a burning bush, He revealed His name: “I Am who I Am” (Ex 3:14).

At times, we all experience difficulties and “stormy weather.” And yet, when we look back at such experiences, we realize that somehow or other we pulled through all right. So, too, we realize the importance of memory. When we remember how we overcame difficulties in the past through God’s help, we are able to face future challenges with courage. Indeed, just as Jesus was absolutely committed to his disciples, so is he totally committed to us. In the midst of every difficulty he is there, assuring us that because he is with us, there is no need of fear or anxiety. “It is I. Do not be afraid.” (Fr. John Seland, SVD | Japan Bible Diary 2016)

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SATURDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 6:16-21. UNSA MAY PAPEL SA MGA UNOS SA ATONG KINABUHI? Ang unos maghatag kanato og kahadlok tungod kay magdala man kini og kusog nga hangin ug dagkong mga balod, nga makapatay-og sa atong nahimutangan. Ang unos maoy hulagway sa mga problema ug kalisod sa atong kinabuhi. Matag karon ug unya maabtan kitag unos o suliran; usahay gani magsunodsunod kini og abot. Kon duawon kita og dagko kaayong mga problema, bati-on na kita’g kalisang. Apan ang ebanghelyo karon nagpahinumdum kanato nga sa panahon sa mga unos dili kita angay’ng mahadlok. Sama sa mga apostoles, atong dapiton si Hesus diha sa sakayan sa atong kinabuhi aron kita makaabot sa atong padulngan. Sakto ang panultihon nga nag-ingon, “You are safer with God in the middle of a storm than you are anywhere else without Him.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Reflection for April 9, Saturday of the Second Week of Easter; John 6:16-21

Reflection: Do you fear the unknown? Do you fear darkness? The  disciples in the gospel were fearful  of both the unknown and the darkness. They were at sea in pitch darkness and being tossed by the waves, perhaps it was just fair for them to be fearful.

In pitch darkness and coupled with stormy seas. The disciples in the gospel were afraid when they saw Jesus going to their boat. Why were they afraid considering that they know Jesus? Perhaps they did not recognize Jesus at sea walking towards them.  Perhaps they were overtaken by their fear.

There will be trials and problems that we will encounter for as long as we exist in this world. But in the midst of our trials, problems and fears we are also always assured of Jesus abiding presence in our lives. He is always with us notwithstanding the many trials and problems that we’re going through.

All we need to do is to call upon Him and we will be alright. We will not anymore fear the unknown and even the darkness we will not fear either. For the simple reason that we have Jesus who is ever ready to help and save us whenever we pass though the many trials and trepidations of life. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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ALWAYS WITH YOU – “It is I. Do not be afraid.” – John 6:20

“You don’t need to be afraid of the dark, anak, because Jesus is with you,” I tell one of my children for what seems to be the millionth time.

This particular child has been afraid of going alone in dark places for some time now and, to be perfectly honest, I sometimes feel frustrated that my motherly reminders seem to have no effect. When I’m tempted to lose my temper, though, I try to remember how I used to be scared of the dark as a child. It helps me to be more patient, kind and understanding when dealing with my child’s fears.

In the same way, Jesus is patient, kind and understanding with us, especially when we find ourselves dealing with fear, uncertainty and failure. If you’re experiencing a “storm” right now like the disciples did in today’s Gospel, or feel that the dark is threatening to conquer you, trust in His words: “Do not be afraid.”

Jesus is with you always. Tina Santiago Rodriguez (tina@trulyrichmom.com)

Reflection: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). May we learn to love Jesus perfectly every single day.

Lord, teach me to trust in Your unfailing love and mercy. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff comfort me (Psalm 23:4).

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 6:1-7; Jn 6:16-21

Providential Love of God

Jesus is the hope for the hopeless. When we are in the darkness of anxiety, worry and troubles one thing we have to remember is that Jesus watches over us. Though we are incapable of recognizing him, Jesus recognizes us and comes towards us with his tender love and care.

In today’s Gospel we see that the natural phenomena are giving co-operation with Jesus. Jesus is the one who knew the mind of God the Father. It is through him everything was created. “In the beginning there was Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him.” (Jn 1:1-3) whatever is created is created by Jesus. The great oceans and tender dew drops, the mighty storm and smoothening breeze, the gigantic mountains and the soft precious stones are the creation of God the Almighty.

Our call is to experience the providence of God in each moment of our life. There are troubled situations in our life. There are joyous moments too. But one thing we have to remember that everything has a purpose in our life. If there was ’t a  purpose God might not have created it. We may be able to recognize the providential love of God in our good and comfortable times. Yet we feel it difficult to identify the presence of God in our miseries and tragic moments.

Today’s passage is an invitation to all of us to have a deeper faith and confidence in the Lord. The creation is glorifying the magnanimity of God and we are the crown of God’s creation. Hence our approach to the creation must be reciprocal. As we experience God so we begin to respect the creation. This passage urges us not to exploit the natural resources as they are the creation of God, the Father who provides for all our needs.

The account of Jesus’ walking on the sea follows the feeding of the five thousand in Mark, Matthew and John. In John the miracle results in a great messianic excitement among the people; they consider Jesus to be the prophet and want to make him King by force (Jn: 6: 14-15).  Jesus, however, withdraws to the mountains by himself (Jn 6: 46). By walking on the sea, Jesus manifests his divine power over the Nature and shows to the world that he is the Lord of the Universe. But unless your mind and heart are pure you cannot walk on the sea. Jesus was the temple and he himself was God and identified with us in our humanity except sin. Fr. Shepherd Theleppilly CMI

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April 09, 2016

REFLECTION: Today’s gospel reading reports a strange miracle. It describes Jesus walking on the sea.

But immediately a question arises in our minds about this particular miracle. What was its purpose? This is a natural question because almost all the miracles of Jesus (healings, exorcisms, raising of a dead person, multiplication of wine or bread, etc.) have a beneficial purpose. They aim at helping people. In that respect, how does that miracle of walking on the sea compare?

Here we are reduced to speculations, because neither Jesus nor the evangelists answer this question. Well, at least two answers come to mind, both possibly correct. First, Jesus could see that his disciples were having a hard time battling the strong winds, he had pity on them and came to reassure them by his presence as fast as he could reach them, namely, by walking on the water, and thus taking a short cut. Second, he wanted to give them another proof of his divinity by doing something impossible for a mere human. This miracle would make their act of faith in him easier. At any rate, it seems that this miracle, too, like all the other miracles, was ­inspired by Jesus’ compassion.

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