Saturday April 14, 2018

Today I get to celebrate the ordination of the saint I chose when confirmed – St. Stephen.  Today’s Readings.

The second gift of the Holy Spirit is Understanding.  Here is how Merriam-Webster defines  understanding… click on this link.  Here is how the Church defines Understanding…

2. Understanding

Understanding is the second gift of the Holy Spirit, and people sometimes have a hard time understanding (no pun intended) how it differs from wisdom. While wisdom is the desire to contemplate the things of God, understanding allows us grasp, at least in a limited way, the very essence of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Through understanding, we gain a certitude about our beliefs that moves beyond faith
I also found this “gem” on the web.  It is rather lengthy but does a very beautiful, thoughtful way of defining this of gift of Understanding.  Please take the time to read this link on understanding.
One of my daily credo’s has been “Be Not Afraid”, is again stated by Christ in today’s gospel…

Gospel JN 6:16-21

When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading. 
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid.
Jesus, I trust in you.

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