Fr. Thomas F. Dailey: The Encouraging Heart of Jesus: The Remedy for Fear

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By Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S, Catholic Exchange, Feb. 9, 2021

Fr. Thomas Dailey holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. …


“Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. ~Mark 6:50–52

Having fed the multitude, Jesus sends His disciples off ahead of Him, lest they get caught up in the crowds in Galilee. Meanwhile, He steals away for some solitude and a chance to pray about all that is inevitably weighing on Him.

In the last light of evening, with the dark­ness encroaching upon everything, Jesus notices something — the boat on the sea with His disciples in it. The wind has kicked up. As fishermen, they must have been accustomed to bad weather. Yet this storm proves to be adverse. They strain with painful exertion to row the oars in a quest to reach the shore. Clearly, they are in trouble. But He stands far off, alone on the land.

Taking the initiative, Jesus moves toward the boat during early in the morning. With the divine power that belongs uniquely to Him, Jesus goes walking on the waters. He who saw them in trouble draws near, so that they may see His concern for them. …