A Sacred Haven

• From Saturday’s Gospel, second week of Easter.

In the evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming towards the boat. This frightened them, but he said, “It is I. Don’t be afraid.” They were for taking him into the boat, but in no time it reached the shore at the place they were making for. John 6 : 16-21

Life’s journey can often take us into difficult waters. The sea around is not always calm as we struggle to reach the shore. Sometimes we become frightened and adrift when darkness surrounds us, when other forces work against us and we are without a safeguard. It is at times like these that Jesus comes to meet us, just as He did with His disciples making their way across the lake to Capernaum. In Jesus, there is always a safe haven.

Our Lady teaches us this truth in many of the messages she gives from Medjugorje, always emphasising that prayer is our anchor and safeguard against any evil, that in prayer we meet with Jesus.

Dear children! I am inviting you to a complete surrender to God. Pray, little children, that Satan may not carry you about like the branches in the wind. Be strong in God. I desire that through you the whole world may get to know the God of joy. By your life bear witness for God’s joy. Do not be anxious nor worried. God himself will help you and show you the way. part message May 25, 1988

Dear children! I rejoice with you and I invite you to prayer. Little children, pray for my intention. Your prayers are necessary to me, through which I desire to bring you closer to God. He is your salvation. God sends me to help you and to guide you towards paradise, which is your goal. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray. Thank you for having responded to my call. September 25, 1994

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