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Liturgical day: January 9th (Weekdays of the Christmas season)

Gospel text (Mk 6,45-52): He came to them walking on the lake (...). They thought it was a ghost and cried out (...). But at once he called to them, «Courage! It's me; don't be afraid». After the five thousand men were satiated, Jesus obliged his disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, towards Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. And having sent the people off, he went by himself to the hillside to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake while he was alone on the land.

Jesus saw his disciples straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, and before daybreak he came to them walking on the lake; and he was going to pass them by. When they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But at once he called to them, «Courage! It's me; don't be afraid». Then Jesus got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely astonished, for they had not really grasped the fact of the loaves; their minds were dull.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today that image amazes us: Jesus Christ is quietly walking over the sea. He did not use to do striking or miraculous things, but this time He did: He allowed it to strengthen the faith and trust of the Apostles.

-In our lives there are also storms, waves that seem insurmountable, uncontrollable winds... but do not be afraid! Scream, call Him... The Lord of the seas and land will always come to help us.