CATHOLIC HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: SAILING WITH JESUS…. “It is I. Do not be afraid”
BY: Fr. Vicenç GUINOT i Gómez
HOMILY: Today, Jesus disconcerts us. We were used to a Redeemer who, attentive to all kinds of human destitution, would not doubt to have recourse to his divine power. In fact, this happens just after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to feed a large hungry crowd. But now, instead, He disconcerts us with a miracle —to walk over the waters— that looks very much like Jesus was just playing to the gallery. Certainly not! Jesus had already discarded using his divine power to look for personal sparkle or profit when, at the beginning of his mission, He refused to be tempted by the Evil one.
By walking over the waters, Jesus Christ is showing his mastery of all things created. We might, however, also see a dramatization of his dominion over the Evil one, represented by the dark and stormy sea.
“Do not be afraid.” (Jn 6:20), Jesus told them on that occasion. «But take heart! I have overcome the world» (Jn 16:33), He will tell them after the Last Supper. Lastly, it is Jesus who, that Paschal morning, told the women after He rose from the tomb: “Do not be afraid.” Through the testimony of the Apostles, we are aware of Jesus’ victories over man’s enemies, sin and death. This is why, today, his words resound in our heart with special strength, as they are the words of Someone who is alive.
The same words Jesus addressed Peter and the Apostles, were repeated by saint John Paul II, Peter’s successor, at the beginning of his papacy: “Do not be afraid.” It was a call to open our hearts, our own existence, to the Redeemer so that with him we are not afraid to face the attacks of Christ’s enemies.
Before our personal frailness to successfully carry out the missions the Lord request us to do (a vocation, an apostolic project, a service…), we may console ourselves just knowing that the Virgin Mary —after all a creature like ourselves— also heard the same words from the angel before facing the mission which the Lord had entrusted her with. Let us learn from her to accept Jesus’ invitation every day, in every circumstance.
Fr. Vicenç GUINOT i Gómez
(Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain)
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