I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Friday, April 8, 2016

1Reflection for April 9, Saturday of the Second Week of Easter; John 6:16-21

Gospel: John 6:16-21
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.
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Do you fear the unknown? Do you fear darkness? The  disciples in the gospel were fearful  of both the unknown and the darkness. They were at sea in pitch darkness and being tossed by the waves, perhaps it was just fair for them to be fearful.

In pitch darkness and coupled with stormy seas. The disciples in the gospel were afraid when they saw Jesus going to their boat. Why were they afraid considering that they know Jesus? Perhaps they did not recognize Jesus at sea walking towards them.  Perhaps they were overtaken by their fear.

There will be trials and problems that we will encounter for as long as we exist in this world. But in the midst of our trials, problems and fears we are also always assured of Jesus abiding presence in our lives. He is always with us notwithstanding the many trials and problems that we’re going through.

All we need to do is to call upon Him and we will be alright. We will not anymore fear the unknown and even the darkness we will not fear either. For the simple reason that we have Jesus who is ever ready to help and save us whenever we pass though the many trials and trepidations of life. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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