Wednesday after Epiphany

Mk 6:45-52

The Walking on the Water


“Courage. It is me don’t be afraid.” In spite of what they witnessed of Jesus’ manifestation about himself, like for example, the multiplication of the loaves, his disciples’ faith is still very weak and unfounded. This is the reason why when Jesus walks on the lake, they are afraid of him, they seem him as a ghost. If we have weak faith too, we will do also what they did to Jesus: we could not recognize Jesus in our lives.


But one thing that could encourage us is as long as we focus on the Lord, all goes well. As soon as our faith in him becomes weak and lost hope, then life’s problems and difficulties could become unbearable. So the kind of faith that a Christian should have as thought in this gospel is a faith that is trustful. Trusting that he is always there to support us; trusting that what we cannot do is done; what can be unbearable becomes bearable. To walk with Christ is to conquer the storms that we encounter in our lives.

Like the disciples, we are at times bidden by the Lord to go to other side. That is, we are to do some work or perform an assignment. Sometimes, we have to sacrifice the opportunity to pray and perform what obedience bids us to do. We may be tempted to do both the praying and working at the same time. Fine, if things go all right. But experience shows us the difficulty of combining the two. We can also offer our work as our prayer, but in the long run we ought to give ourselves to prayer at a definite time. Quiet times of the say are good for prayer. Early morning g before the noise of the day begins, noon when we take some rest from our morning work, evening when the day has become quiet again.

There are times during the day when I can give myself to prayer. It needs only to focus my attention on God, regardless of the noise of the peace within. United with him in sentiments of love, prayerful thoughts can flash through my mind, especially during my visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Then I become aware I am not alone. Christ is there teaching me how to pray and he is there making intercession to the Father for you and me.

“Lord, teach us how to pray and help us to be persons of prayer.” (SSpSAP Bible Diary 2002)


Practically almost all the time when Jesus is not in the company of his disciples he is praying somewhere. In the gospel today, we find him going to the hillsides to pray alone. Earlier he just dismissed the crowd who witnessed the miraculous multiplication of the bread. In this gospel we find him walking on the water to the utter fear of his apostles on the boat. In between these incidents he spent time for praying. It is interesting to note that like the rhythmic swinging from one end to the other of a clock’s pendulum. Jesus’ time swings from his involvement with the people and his time in prayer to his Father.

There is always a temptation to overemphasize or to give more time to our work or apostolate that our prayer and vice versa. When that happens, crisis comes, either we find ourselves burned out with work or bored with inactivity. The time for one becomes an excuse to escape from the other. Prayer can only be true prayer when it bears fruit in the service of man; or work can only be true work when there is an authentic thanksgiving and communion with God in prayer.

Jesus’ example shows us a balanced way to live our life and accomplish our mission. It is now possible for us to continue our journey to our Father in heaven because there is an inner strength that flows from an integrated life of love and service. (Fr. Ben Limsuan, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


The phrase “He was going to pass them by” caught my attention as I read this gospel episode. I wondered why he was going to do this? He might have intended to show his disciples a shorter way to get to land. He saw how tired they were. “But they saw him walking on the lake and they all saw him and thought it was a ghost … and were all terrified.” That made Jesus change his course; he got into the boat and said, “Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.”

A person with faith can only nd a direction in life when one encounters Jesus as a person who cares. One needs to experience his presence, not as a ghost but as a person. Jesus must become a companion on the journey.

Tonight, I visited John, a friend who is a volunteer in the Mission Office where I work.. He just arrived home from the hospital where he had undergone a cancer operation last week. He had become thinner and appeared weak. At one point he said: “In life, one needs to have three things – what one wants to happen, what one is capable of doing, and faith to link the two. Sorry is the condition of the person who has no faith.”

Real faith needs courage that can give composure and the surety that I am not alone in life’s journey. I need a Jesus who wants to get into my boat; I also need the willingness to welcome that Jesus who is not a ghost, but a person. Pope Francis mentioned in his letter entitled, The Joy of the Gospel:

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this    this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.” (EG3) (Fr. Bernard Espiritu, SVD | New Zealand Bible Diary 2016)



WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (YEAR B) – 1 JUAN 4:11-18. Unsa may tambal sa kahadlok? Nagkalain-lain ang kahadlok sa tawo – adunay mahadlok sa kaaway, sa hinigugma, sa katalagman, sa sakit, sa kamatayon, ug uban pa. Kon kita gihari-an sa daghang kahadlok, angay natong pamalandongan ang mga pulong sa Unang Sulat ni San Juan: “Walay kahadlok diha sa gugma. Ang gugmang hingpit magwagtang sa tanang kahadlok.” Tinuod baya kini. Ang tinuod nga gugma makahupay sa tanang kahadlok ug kabalaka. Kon mahigugmaon kita, kinsa may masuko kanato? Kon mapuno kita sa gugma, kinsa may makaako og biya kanato? Kon kita nahiusa sa Dios diha sa gugma, nganong mahadlok man kita nga madisgrasya, masakit o mamatay? Sakto si San Juan sa iyang pagsulat, “Kon mahadlok gihapon ang tawo, wala pa mahingpit ang iyang gugma.”

(English) 1 John 4: 11-18. What antidote to fear? Various human fear – a fear of the enemy, the beloved, disaster, disease, death, and others. If we dominated in many fear, we should ponder the words of the First Letter of John: “There is no fear in love. The perfect love cast out all fear. “True bay. True love comfort of all fear and anxiety. When we love, who have offended us? When we are filled with love, who could leave us? If we are united to God in love, why should we fear an accident, sickness or death? John was right in his writing, “If you still fear the man, not yet perfected his love.”


MARCOS 6:45-52. Pasagdan ba kita sa Ginoo panahon sa mga suliran ug kalisdanan? Usa ka inahan ang niduol kanako ug nagpahungaw sa daghan niyang mga problema – lawas nga masakiton, bisyosong bana, anak nga badlongon, kawad-on sa kwarta, ug uban pa. Ako siyang gipangutana: “Sa kalisod sa imong kinabuhi, motuo ka pa ba nga ang Ginoo mahigugmaon?” Niyango siya, dayon nibakho sa paghilak. Unya ako siyang giingnan: “Ate, bulahan ka kaayo tungod sa kadako sa imong pagtuo. Bulahan ka nga mituo nga bisan sa kalisod wala ikaw pasagdi sa Ginoo.” Ang ebanghelyo nagtudlo nga si Hesus kanunay’ng nagsud-ong ug nagbantay sa iyang mga ginsakopan. Sa panahon sa unos ug kalisod, moduol siya kanato aron magdala’g kalinaw ug kahupayan. Mahimo niya kini tungod kay kontrolado niya ang tanan. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) Mark 6: 45-52. Do we let the Lord of the problems and difficulties? A mother approached me and he opened many problems – body sick, vicious husband, son reprimand, loss of money, and so forth. I asked: “In adversity in your life, you still believe that the Lord is loving?” He Niyango, then nibakho crying. Then I told him: “Ate, very blessed because great is your faith. Blessed are you who believed that despite difficulties did you let the Lord. “The gospel teaches that Jesus always looked down and watched her constituents. During the storm and trouble, come to us for carrying ease and comfort. He could do so because he controlled everything.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (YEAR C) – 1 JUAN 4:11-18. UNSA MAY TAMBAL SA KAHADLOK? Nagkalain-lain ang kahadlok sa tawo – adunay mahadlok sa kaaway, katalagman, sakit, kamatayon, ug uban pa. Kon kita gihari-an sa daghang kahadlok, angay natong pamalandongan ang mga pulong sa Unang Sulat ni San Juan: “Walay kahadlok diha sa gugma. Ang gugmang hingpit magwagtang sa tanang kahadlok.” Tinuod baya kini. Ang tinuod nga gugma makahupay sa tanang kahadlok ug kabalaka. Kon mahigugmaon kita, kinsa may masuko kanato? Kon mapuno kita sa gugma, kinsa may makaako og biya kanato? Kon kita nahiusa sa Dios diha sa gugma, nganong mahadlok man kita nga madisgrasya, masakit o mamatay? Sakto si San Juan sa iyang pagsulat, “Kon mahadlok gihapon ang tawo, wala pa mahingpit ang iyang gugma.” Posted by Abet Uy



Reflection for January 7 Wednesday after Epiphany, Mark 6:45-52 Reflection: What does our closeness with Jesus do to us when we are in the midst of a difficult problem? It calms us, it gives us hope and it assures us that everything will be OK for as long as we believe in Him. All of us have been into many difficult situations and time and again our faith in Jesus is always our safe refuge.

In our gospel for this Wednesday the disciples were being heavily battered by huge waves. Perhaps they already thought that it was already the end of their lives. Then, lo and behold in the midst of the violent storm here comes Jesus walking on sea going to them. After which Jesus told His disciples, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid! He got into the boat with them and the wind died down (Mark 6:50-51).

From being hopeless, from being on the verge of disaster even death the disciples were miraculously saved by Jesus. They did not call on Jesus to save them yet Jesus came to rescue them.

What is the implication of this saving action of Jesus to us? Nobody of us have a worry free life in this world, we will be encountering trials and problems for as long as we live. Nevertheless we have nothing to fear and there’s always hope for as long as we have Jesus in our lives.

Do you have Jesus in your life? Do you always reach-out to Him through your prayers, through your presence at Holy Mass and by reading His living words in the bible? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Reflection for January 6, Wednesday after Epiphany; Mark 6:45-52

Reflection: Do you have the habit of isolating yourself everyday to pray?

Due to the busyness and the hassle and bustle of life many of us have no more time to pray. Or if we have time we rarely pray with solemness and reflection we simply pray because we have to pray and it simply becomes a routine and mechanical for many of us.

After feeding the more than five thousand people Jesus went to the mountain by himself to pray.  Even if He is God the Son, Jesus recognized the importance of prayer in His life; Jesus perfectly knew that life without prayer is empty and shallow.

So He went to the mountain to pray and there He asked God to for guidance and strength as He continues His ministry. Do you always prayerfully ask for guidance and strength from the Lord God as you face your daily challenges?

Everything that we do in this world no matter how important will pass us by, we will leave it behind even forgotten someday. But the prayers that we do everyday will carry us through as we near the end of our life. Then the same daily prayer will become the key to our passage to the doorway of heaven. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



COURAGE! “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” – Mark 6:50       

Wikipedia defines “courage” as the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. Reading further down, it says, “Moral courage is the willingness to stand up when others want you to sit down.”

When I first got involved in the Charismatic Renewal movement, one of the first things I learned was to “stand upfor Jesus!” As a committed follower of Christ, I learned to do or not to do certain things for Him. Pray before meals. Bring my Bible and read it during the break. Go to Mass daily. Nicely refuse to work overtime on Sundays to serve Him. Refuse to lie even when superiors asked me to.

I chose to do these because I wanted to grow in my relationship with God. Was it hard? Absolutely! Was thererejection?  Definitely! There were people who ridiculed me and made fun of me. They called me “Father” or “Monsignor” in the office. At home, I experienced disapproval in painful ways. People couldn’t understand why I had to do such things.

But I needed to make space for God in my life. Those times molded me to face life. It also allowed me to experience His love in a special, deeper way. Ariel Driz (

Reflection: Making a courageous stand for the Lord is beyond “worth it.” It makes Him smile and it makes a difference.

Lord Jesus, continue to grant me the courage to be Your witness in whatever situation I face. Amen.



LOVE ABOVE ALL – The First Reading says that there is no fear in love because fear has to do with punishment. If you truly love, you need not fear. What does this mean? For married couples, this means you need not fear the day you committed to be there for each other until death separates you, amidst the uncertain future as you make your vows — because there is just so much love, there is no fear.

For those who decided to remain chaste and single for life in order to serve the Lord and His faithful, amidst the questions and doubts of people around them — because there is just so much love, there is no fear.

For those who persevere in their vocation to the priesthood and the religious life: our priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, including seminarians, their daily yes to God’s call to faithful service and genuine  care for those who are in need, amidst the lures and challenges of the world — because there is just so much love, there is no fear.

In the same manner, today’s Gospel gives us a picture of the disciples who were battered by huge waves, perhaps afraid that it was already the end of their lives. Then, in the midst of the violent storm, Jesus comes walking on water, heading towards them, saying, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” From being hopeless, from being on the verge of disaster, even death, they were saved. They did not call on Jesus to save them, yet He rescued them, out of genuine love.

We, too, have countless concerns and issues that we feel we cannot overcome. Fear begins to envelop us, even paralyzing us at times. But the truth is, nobody has a worry-free life. We are bound to experience trials and difficulties, pains and sufferings. But we need not fear. There is always hope as long as we have Jesus in our lives. And because we love one another, “God remains in us, and His love is brought to perfection in us.”

May we always be inspired to love one another as God commanded, to give Jesus our all, and to see Jesus multiply our deeds of love. Fr. Erick Santos, OFS

REFLECTION QUESTION: What are your fears? Look beyond your fear and focus on love.

Dear Jesus, may Your love rule my every decision and action. May I cling always to Your love — the love that casts out all fears. Amen.



Wednesday after Epiphany, 07-01-15

1 John 4:11-18 / Mark 6:45-52

Some people tend to believe in ghosts, a belief that at times seemed to be much greater than the belief in God.

And some people say that they can see “ghosts” and some of these stories can even make our skin creep.

Whatever we might want to think about these stories or about these people, it is interesting that the gospel mentioned the word “ghost”.

The disciples thought they saw a ghost, and they were not just afraid – they were terrified.

Yet, the gospel also said that “Jesus was going to pass them by”.

“To pass them by” is a biblical way of saying that a revelation of God is going to happen, ie. a theophany.

Just yesterday we heard how Jesus revealed God as teacher and provider in the multiplication of loaves.

Today, we heard how Jesus revealed His divinity as He walked on the rough waters.

The rough waters and the strong winds of life can make us afraid, and even terrified, and like the disciples, we see only the “ghosts” that is frightening us, but we miss what God is revealing to us.

So what does God want to reveal to us? The feast of Christmas reminds us that God sent His Son to reveal His love for us.

As the 1st reading puts it, God is love, and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.

In love there can be no fear, whether of ghosts or suffering or death.

In love, God continues to reveal and fill our hearts with His love. Posted by Rev Fr Stephen Yim



Wednesday, January 6

1 Jn 4: 11-18; Mk 6: 45-52

Their Hearts Were Dull

We are in the 2nd week of this New Year. New Year celebrations have become a distant memory. We have started to forget the new year promises we have made. We have a new calendar on our walls. Calendars change, but wall remains the same. The same way years come and go, but we remain the same. Many incidents in our life inspire us for some time, but we go on our old habits.

Something similar is happening in the lives of the disciples of Jesus in this passage. After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand people, the disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus. They collected twelve baskets of broken pieces of bread and fish leftover from the five loaves and two fish. At Cana they drank the wine he made out of water, they saw the numerous miraculous healings. They themselves had worked miracles in his name. When he walked over the sea and the tempest ceased in his presence, they were astounded. They were unable to understand the fact of the loaves. Their minds were dull, their hearts were hardened.

Until the Holy Spirit descended on them they were unable to understand Jesus. Till the Spirit strengthened them their faith was weak.

Till the Spirit strengthens us we too are weak. Years come and go, calendars change. Let us not remain the same. Let us pray to the Spirit to strengthen us. Dr. James M L CMI



January 06, 2016

REFLECTION: “There is no fear in love,” John tells us in today’s first reading. And why is this? Because, John explains, “perfect love drives away fear, for fear has to do with punishment; those who fear do not know perfect love.”
The key word in this swee­ping statement of John’s is the word “punish­ment.” One would venture to say that 99% of Christians fear God—not Jesus Christ, whom they love dearly, but God the Father. And apparently for good reasons. This is because the Old Testament is replete with stories staging a God who gets angry, destroys entire populations (think of the Great Flood), kills women and children indiscriminately (think of the Holy Wars), and murders children with abandon (think of the Tenth Plague of Egypt). But such a God is a projection from primitive minds who knew no better. Such a God never existed. When Jesus came, he told us: “The Father judges no one” (Jn 5:22). And, therefore, God punishes no one. God is pure love. Period. And we have to purge our minds of all Old Testament texts which betray God’s heart.

At one point Jesus said: “Philip, who sees me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). Did Jesus ever punish?


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