Mark 6:45-52 Reflection – Vigilance in Prayer for Understanding

Reflection on Mark 6:45-52 ~

When a personal miracle happen, time seems to ground the experience, while also making it seem less than what it was.  We believed deeply in that beautiful moment then we drift away from the reality.  When you get a chance, recall one of these moments.  You will likely find it takes great effort to get to the details. Human intellect, worldliness, and the forces that are not God tend to harden our hearts. This is why our relationship with God requires consistent and constant vigilance in prayer for understanding.

Jesus walks on the Sea James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumJesus Walks on the Sea, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Christmastide Reflections

Mark 6  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

47 When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. 49 But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 6:45-52.