Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2015

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.  Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.  They woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’  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: 37-40)

How should we live this Wordcalms the sea

 Today, Mark’s Gospel recounts the famous episode of the ‘tempest on the sea’ that reminds us of the many small and big ‘tempests’ that often strike the boat of our life.  During these difficult situations, we too can have doubts and feel that Jesus has forgotten us, that He is sleeping.  Then, our faith also begins to vacillate and fear overtakes us.  When this happens, we need to ask ourselves how we look at the sorrowful events in our life.  Do we see them with real faith or with the eyes of the current mentality or lost in ourselves?  It is really a lack of faith when we view these things as a curse against us and every difficulty as an insurmountable mountain.

We need to keep in mind and fixed in our heart the last words of Jesus that close Matthew’s Gospel, “Behold, I am with you forever, until the end of the world”.  (Mt. 28: 20)  Let us awaken Jesus who is always present in our boat with our faith and our total confidence in Him.  Then our boat will never sink!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will cling more tightly to Jesus present in me and call on Him at every moment, in sufferings and in joys.

Lord, grant that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of you guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love.

 The Voice of St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Every time that Christ sleeps in the boat of our life, when our lazy repose makes Him sleep in us, the tempest rages with all the power of its winds…it is truly a great tempest, powerful, and threatens us on every side, assailing us with a terrifying and destructive hurricane.  But, as we have said, Jesus is asleep in our boat.   Let us awaken Him with our faith.  Let us shake Him, not with gestures of desperation, but with works of mercy; awakening Him, not with anxious cries, but with spiritual hymns and with persevering tears.


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