Homily, Wednesday after Epiphany, January 5 2022.

1 John 4: 11-18
Psalm 72:1-2,10-11,12-13(R 11)
Mark 6:45-52

We are really to abide in God through love. We are really to believe in the love the father has for us.

But do we really know the extent of God’s Love in our lives?

God’s love is boundless and unlimited. It reaches every aspects of our lives but we only need to abide in that love and accept it as the first reading 1 John 4: 11-18 teaches, for he who abides in love abides in God.

When we abide in God’s love, it reaches every facets and dimensions our lives.

For example, in the Gospel Mark 6:45-52, the love of God is manifest amidst storm. That storm represents turbulence in our lives.

In addition, the Gospel says,”…he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were distressed rowing, for the wind was against them.” The of nature God’s love is such that is interested in every aspect of our lives. God’s love is such that steps in invited or not.

But remember, the the disciples had been with Jesus before leaving in a boat. So, God’s love also requires our closeness.

So also you see that it happened that immediately Jesus’ stepped into that boat, every storm subsided.

The boat is our lives. Once Jesus steps inside our lives, every storm would be put into check.

Remember, it doesn’t mean that there will be no storm but with and in Jesus, every wind and storm subsides.

God’s love doesn’t exclude us from storm but it reassures us that we are not alone, that God’s loving presence is with us.

Abiding in God’s perfect love takes care of our fears, terrible wind and storms.

©Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi Ndubueze

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