Wednesday after Epiphany : 6th January 2021

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Take heart, it is I; have no fear

Wednesday after Epiphany : 6th January 2021

1 Jn. 4:11-18; Ps. 71:1-2,10-11,12-13;
Mk. 6:45-52 (Ps Wk II)

We find ourselves in the week after our celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany, and so our Gospel readings this week should be read in the light of this feast so that we might understand better its meaning and special message for us.

This week’s readings elucidate this theme by selecting the Gospel passages that reveal Jesus as not only the Christ but as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and foreshadowed in other Biblical writings.

For a Jewish reader, hearing that Jesus was seen walking on water would bring to mind passages from the Hebrew Scriptures in which God is portrayed as walking on the waters (Ps. 77:19; Job 38:16; Is. 43:16). The wording of other phrases in today’s Gospel text parallels scenes in the Hebrew Scriptures where God manifests Himself among human beings. The line in which Jesus declares, “IT IS I” is particularly significant because this phrase was exclusively attributed to God (Ex. 3:14; Dt. 32:39; Is. 43:10).

Mark emphasises that the disciples could not comprehend who Jesus was despite all the signs and miracles He performed. Their hearts were ‘hardened’. In this Epiphany season we are invited to renew our faith in Jesus, the incarnate Word, ‘God made Man,’ and present among us now as the resurrected Lord who speaks to each of us the words: “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”

Lord, we believe that You are the God who “pitched His tent among us.”

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