Do not be afraid

Seafaring Motif for this Reflection

Greetings on this the Saturday of the Second Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 6:1-7; PS 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; Jn 6:16-21
Notes: I had the opportunity to counsel a man this week who is discerning whether he has a calling to the diaconate and to the practical matters of the logistics, process and procedure of presenting oneself to the Church. I repeated the line so often used for those who are discerning priesthood, religious life and the diaconate:

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Certainly there are personal qualities (see first reading) but really and deeply all who are called are works in progress. Re-created and re-formed daily.

In today’s first reading we have the establishment of the sacred order of Deacons. Deacons were given the task of assisting the priest and the Church entire in furthering the evangelization of the Church by keeping steady the boat that is the Church.

We are given that task, in imitation of Jesus and using the gospel portion of today, we say:

Do not be afraid. It is Jesus who is Our Lord.
The boat will bring us to the other shore.

Today:

  • Mass and Exposition/Adoration at the Chapel of the Holy Innocents.
  • Two Hour Bible Study with the teens of our community.

Tomorrow:

  • Two Masses at home parish.
  • Visitation to the sick and homebound.

This week (special):

  • Preside over a Communion Service for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for a parish where the Pastor is away for three days. Technically the service is called, Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion.

A deacon is like anyone else, like everyone else, in that we are called to help where we can, do what we can and bring everything and everyone to God in prayer. Go, and do likewise. Amen.

First reading
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”

They presented these men to the Apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Alleluia Verse
Christ is risen, who made all things;
he has shown mercy on all people.

Gospel Portion
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, β€œIt 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.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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