02 July 2019. Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
After typhoon Sendong struck Iligan, we experienced a desperate situation. I remember my prayer then, “Lord, help us, please, help those who are in dire need, and thank you for the people whom you used as your instrument of love, concern, and presence.”
I always believe that Jesus never fails us. That even during the most difficult times, I see hope because there are people who showed their concern and love. Jesus’ presence among the people will always be our source of hope.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is telling us to trust in him. We see the disciples that were afraid because of the storm that somehow endangered them while they were in the boat. But Jesus was in deep sleep, an expression of the calm trust of Jesus to God. We see the contrast of Jesus and his disciples’ attitudes during difficult situation. The words of Jesus to his disciples, “ Why are you so frightened, you who have so little faith!”, reminds us of how strong should our faith be to Jesus. Jesus taught us to always believe in His presence amidst difficulties in life. In seminary life, I have embraced the dictum, “It is I, do not be afraid”. It is a complete trust and dependence to the Grace and Love of Jesus in facing and accepting the challenges and demands of formation. Uncertainty is always there, but the invitation from Jesus himself to trust him is my assurance that I can go through all of the challenges because I am with Jesus.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 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?”