July 2, 2013

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

 Reflection (Sem. Ernie Sican):

The imagery that the Gospel for today presents is something which we can easily identify our personal situation. The boat being swamped by the big waves can be us, experiencing difficulties and trials in the different facets of human life.

We cannot avoid the rough waters as we journey through life. Sometimes we need the big waves to push us forward so that we can reach our destination. It is not important to know what kind of trials we are experiencing, rather how we manage to overcome these trials. It is not the experience that is important but what we learn from it. Sometimes we have the tendency to run away from our problems when they become unbearable. However, we cannot solve our problems by simply running away from them. In fact, problems become more powerful when we do not confront them. Instead of taking control over them, they will control over us. This becomes more problematic because as time goes by unresolved problems become more complicated. They are like shadows following and haunting us. That is why, some go through the same experience again and again because they do not learn. As they say, experience without insight is a continued ignorance. In this regard, we need to gain insight in our experiences to guide us in choosing the right way to travel and the right decision to make.

The gospel also describes to us that when the boat is being tossed by the big waves, Jesus is with them and in an instant he calms down the sea. No matter what happens Jesus will also be with us because he promised to be with us till the end of time. Our problem is that, we tend to forget this truth. As such, we want to man the ship on our own and travel to any direction. When something goes wrong, we panic and become fearful because the situation is beyond our control and we convince ourselves that we are alone. The challenge for us then is to recognize the presence of God whatever our situation in life. We need to trust and entrust our life to Him because God can do what we cannot do for ourselves.

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