Get out of the Boat!

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover was near. When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people recline.” Now there was a great deal of grass in that place. So the men reclined, about fie thousand in number. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.                                                                                                                   Mark 6:1-15



When Jesus got out of the boat, he was moved with pity for them.

He loves the people, saint and sinner.

Jesus wants to feed us and heal us.

Just like a rose, Jesus gives off abundant love, beauty and hope.

All we need to do is take it in.

As long as we judge no one, we will not be judged.

We can be like the people who search on foot…or we can be the disciples who get in the boat with Jesus.

And then we simply listen to Jesus.


When I was called by the Navy to go to Iraq, I didn’t think God wanted me to go. I put my orders on the altar and told Jesus what I think should happen. Then Jesus spoke to me and said He wanted me to go to serve with the Marines. I was so convinced that God did not want me to go, I reacted and told Jesus he must be mistaken. And then Jesus insisted. Finally, I told Jesus I couldn’t go because I complained to much.

Jesus said, “You do complain a bit too much.”

Then I knew it was God. I knew I complained too much.

Even though I hated that I would be going to Iraq, I am so glad I listened. I went to Hell…but I went there with Jesus.

So the best way to listen to Jesus is to seek him where he has gone…up the mountain to pray ALONE.


Open my eyes, Lord, help me to see your face.

Open my ears Lord, help me to hear your voice

Open my heart Lord, help me to love like you….


And then I hear God sing to me:


I live within you, deep in your heart o Love, I live within you, rest now in me.


Come and rest awhile with Jesus.

And then he will tell you to get out of the boat and share His love with all.


Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron



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