LET JESUS COME IN TO HELP YOU
⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Easter (14 April 2018)
📕Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (R.v.22); John 6:16-21
If you have observed closely, you would notice how we have been discussing the different challenges that the disciples had to face due to their temporary separation from Jesus, and Jesus often stepped in to help them manage the challenging situation. What that continues to tell us is that Jesus makes the difference.
Consider the experience of the disciples in crossing over to Capernaum through the sea (John 6:16-21). The Gospel began by telling us of the impending night. Night introduces darkness, a separation from light. Jesus is the light that dispels our darkness (cf. John 8:12). So the impending night could mean a gradual separation from Jesus, for the Gospel immediately added that Jesus was not yet with them.
That absence of Jesus allowed the forces of evil – the sea and the wind – to torment them (John 6:18). But Jesus is a Master over these forces. That is why the Gospel tells us that Jesus walked on the sea. And when he came in, he calmed their fear and gave them hope.
Note also that we were not earlier informed that they were close to where they were going. But immediately Jesus stepped in, they reached the shore (John 6:21).
Are you still battling to solve your problems yourself? Invite Jesus to take care of it. Do not allow yourself to be separated from him and all will be well for you. Watch that thing that is initiating a separation between you and him. It needs to be cut off because if it succeeds in cutting you away from Jesus, you can do nothing (cf. John 15:5).
Can you see that the Apostles were wise in not allowing anything distract them from the work which Jesus has given them (cf. Acts 6:2)?
May Jesus give us the grace to understand our great need of him. And may our closeness with him alleviate our fears and everything that constitutes a stumbling block on our way to glory. Amen.
Have a fulfilling and restful weekend. Peace be with you.