The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
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?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
There are many storms literally and figuratively that hit our country last year. Who can forget typhoon Yolanda that caused huge devastation in Tacloban and the earthquake that brought havoc in Bohol?
Every one of us faces different storms in our life. The Gospel today shows a different storm that would test our faith in God. Jesus is inviting me to grow in faith and to have a total dependence to Him. Like the apostles, I also feel afraid in every storm that comes into my life. My fear is an indication of lack of faith. That’s why it is good to ask myself how am I after the celebration of the Year of Faith? Did it create a strong impact on me as a priest-in-process?
The Gospel today is reminding me that every storm in my life, signals a new beginning. There is an inner healing that follows after experiencing a storm. I remember when we experienced a huge storm in our family when my brother got dengue and he’s already in the ICU for four days because of his condition. Aside from the difficulty in finding blood and financial support during that time God always sends people and circumstances that will show that nothing is impossible if we would only believe the Lord.
The Gospel today is also inviting me that every time that I’m in the midst of a storm I should always be reminded that Jesus helps me to deal with storms through my faith. All of us will encounter storms in our life and the challenge now is how we will respond when that time comes.