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.  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.
 Here is how we know that we remain united with him and he with us: he has given to us from his own Spirit.  Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as Deliverer of the world.
 If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with him, and he with God.  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.
 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.
 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)
 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.  After he had left them, he went into the hills to pray.
 When night came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was by himself on land.  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;  but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and let out a shriek;  for they had all seen him and were terrified.
However, he spoke to them. “Courage,” he said, “it is I. Stop being afraid!”  He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded,  for they did not understand about the loaves; on the contrary, their hearts had been made stone-like.