Gospel of 8th January 2020 - Mark 6:45-52
After the five thousand had eaten and were filled, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them he went off into the hills to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. He could see they were worn out with rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the lake. He was going to pass them by, but when they saw him walking on the lake they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they had all seen him and were terrified. But he at once spoke to them, and said, 'Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.' Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind dropped. They were utterly and completely dumbfounded, because they had not seen what the miracle of the loaves meant; their minds were closed.
Reflection on the Painting
Today's Gospel follows immediately on from yesterday's reading and starts with the words, after the five thousand had eaten and were filled… The disciples had a busy day. After helping to feed the crowds, they went off on the boat, whilst Jesus decided to stay on land to pray. The disciples gave Christ his space to pray. They didn't always have to be by His side. Jesus needed His own personal time with His Father. Especially after feeding the 5,000 Jesus must have thanked His Father for the amazing day they all shared. I would imagine it was a prayer of thanksgiving that Jesus expressed; thanking God for the graces people received that day, and also asking God that the miracle would inspire people for generations to come.. To read on see: www.christianart.today/daily-gospel-reading/290
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