Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2009

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!”  The wind ceased and there was great calm.  Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?”

(Mark 4, 39-40)

 How should we live this Wordstilling the sea

 Jesus is at the center of this dramatic Gospel scene, although He seems to be totally indifferent as He tranquilly sleeps at the stern.  He Himself had instructed His disciples to get in the boat and cross to the other side of the lake.  With Jesus in the boat, they cast out.  Suddenly, a violent squall came up as Jesus slept.  They seemed to be perishing! 

 Whatever trial, whatever temptation cannot end in perdition if Jesus is in the boat of our life.  Yet, it is only by calling on Jesus in our disorientation, in our weakness that we can ‘awaken’ His omnipotence.  Recall the cry of the psalm, ‘Wake!  Why are You asleep, O Lord?” (Psalm 44, 24)  Prayer animated by faith has strength to awaken God’s power.  “Do you not yet have faith?”  It is as though Jesus is telling us that it is precisely when we feel miserable and lost but have the courage to entrust ourselves entirely to Him that the Lord’s liberating power is awakened.  Just when the boat seems to be flooded and God seems absent, faith brings Him to save us.

Today as I pause for contemplation, I will ask myself, ‘Who is Jesus for me?  Is my faith ready to wake Him from the silence to which I sometimes relegate Him?’

 I cried out to You Lord in my distress and You freed me!  You changed my sorrow into dancing!

 The voice of Frère R. Schutz, contemporary martyr

 Why have I hesitated again?  And yet, without having seen You, I have loved You.

 


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