Gospel: Mark 6:45 -52
After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied,
Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them,
he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening,
the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing,
for the wind was against them.
About the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea,
they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified.
But at once he spoke with them,
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.
They were completely astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves.
On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.
O God, give us the courage to take the road less travelled, the determination to create our own path, and the wisdom that results in following our own trail.
Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I come to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Remember us, O God,
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights,
seasons and years.
Bless us in this New Year
and fill the months ahead
with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever. Amen.