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FRIDAY, January 27 JOHN CHRYSOSTOM, Bishop and Theologian, 407
Mark 6:50b But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
In the midst of a storm, the disciples do not recognize Jesus. Their first thought is that the figure walking toward them on the water is a ghost. There are accounts in the gospels of Jesus’s friends not recognizing him after his resurrection. Mary Magdalene mistakes Jesus for the gardener until he calls her by name. Cleopas and his companion do not recognize Jesus on their walk to Emmaus until Jesus takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it to them.
Where might you be overlooking Jesus in your life? Saint Benedict reminds us to welcome every stranger as Christ himself. At every turn, it is a small intimate action that only Jesus would know that reveals God to us: the breaking of bread with our community, the quiet reassurance to take heart even in times of trouble, the quiet whisper of our own name.
MOVING FORWARD: Where do you recognize Jesus in your life?
PRAY for the Diocese of Paraná (Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil)
Psalm 40, Psalm 54 * Psalm 51 | Isa. 50:1-11 | Gal. 3:15-22 | Mark 6:47-56