July 1, 2014

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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?”

Reflection (Sem. Emmanuel Calumpong):

Our journey through life is like the boat in the Sea of Galilee. The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days in which the catch has been abundant.  But there were also times when the seas were rough and the wind was against us and the Lord seemed to sleep.

Today’s Gospel once again challenges and tests how strong is our faith and how consistent we are in trusting the Lord. Most often, when we are content, healthy, have all the means and resources and in the happy state, it is easy for us to thank the Lord and profess our strong faith in Him.  However, when problems, sickness, despair, difficulties come our way and if we are in a state of loneliness, it is very difficult for us to understand why these things are happening and immediately, we think that the Lord has abandoned us or has forgotten us, as if He does not seem to care or is just “sleeping” in the boat.

If only we trust in the Lord, knowing that He is always on our side, we should not be afraid of anything that would beset us.  For no storm is big enough to shake our life, no winds strong enough to topple our boat, if only we believe that Jesus is in it with us.  For how could He allow all these hindrances, obstacles, trials, problems and other “calamities” in our life to happen if He knows that  through thick and thin, in sickness or in health, in prosperity or poverty, in good times or bad times, we believe and have faith in Him and remain steadfast and faithful to His commandments.  And so definitely the Lord will not let our boat sink.


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