Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Reading (1 John 4:11-18)

[11 Beloved friends, if this is how God loved us, we likewise ought to love one another. [12] No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for him has been brought to its goal in us.

[13] Here is how we know that we remain united with him and he with us: he has given to us from his own Spirit. [14] Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as Deliverer of the world.

[15] If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with him, and he with God. [16] Also we have come to know and trust the love that God has for us. God is love; and those who remain in this love remain united with God, and God remains united with them.

[17] Here is how love has been brought to maturity with us: as the Messiah is, so are we in the world. This gives us confidence for the Day of Judgment.

[18] There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.

Gospel (Mark 6: 45-52)

[45] Immediately Yeshua had his talmidim get in the boat and go on ahead of him toward the other side of the lake, toward Beit-Tzaidah, while he sent the crowds away. [46] After he had left them, he went into the hills to pray.

[47] When night came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was by himself on land. [48] He saw that they were having difficulty rowing, because the wind was against them; so at around four o’clock in the morning he came toward them, walking on the lake!

He meant to come alongside them; [49] but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and let out a shriek; [50] for they had all seen him and were terrified.

However, he spoke to them. “Courage,” he said, “it is I. Stop being afraid!” [51] He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, [52] for they did not understand about the loaves; on the contrary, their hearts had been made stone-like.

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