March 23, 2020 Daily Bible Study

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

The New International Version. (2011). (Mk 6:47–56). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

A world feels at sea as the cornonavirus beats on each of our individual ships. We feel alone because we can’t go to restaurants, bars, or church services. Schools have been closed and all of the world’s culture seems locked in museums that can’t be visited, paint galleries that can’t be seen, and concert halls in which no sounds can be heard..

Jesus sees us straining at the oars -knowing that we feel overwhelmed by the crisis and overcome by our lack of control. He walks on the water of this crisis just as he walked on the water of the lake. When we pray, he hears us, calms us, and comes to our aid.

Jesus has seen our troubles before we saw them ourselves and he was out on the water before we were. He has supplied us with a church to give aid and the Holy Spirit to give us direction. We are simply called to follow him.

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