July 4, 2017
Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
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?”

REFLECTION (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)

When you have a friend and you have been together for quite a long time, most probably, you know him already. He might be doing things which are familiar to you and you are accustomed to it. The longer you have been together, the deeper the relationship might be. But what will you feel if those people whom you have been with will suddenly act as if they do not know you. That might be disheartening. It seems like the time invested has been wasted.

Today’s Gospel described the shaky relationship of the disciples with Jesus. They have been together for a long time and had been traveling from one town to another. Jesus had been vocal about His identity – He is the Son of God. But as they travel and faced the surging winds and high waves, they forget whom they are with. In my life, there were times that God really manifested His presence. The mere fact that I experience how to love and be loved are clear manifestations of His presence. But when problems arise, that trust had been put to test. Everyday I pray and declare my submission to His will but most of the time, I fail.

Problems, struggles, failures, fear and many more, these are the situations and emotions that blind us to recognize that more than these things, God’s mercy and love is far surpassing. I might be experiencing such difficulties, but at the end, God will let me remember that He is more powerful than any of these difficulties.

The response of Jesus is something good to imitate. Instead of being angry or question the years that the disciples have been with him, He just sighed and said “…you of little faith.” He goes beyond his emotions; He understands them more than expecting so much from them. In our seminary formation, there will always be unmet expectations – may it be personal or communal, or even interpersonal – but it does not give us the license to control others or extremely pity ourselves. We have the capacity to expand our understanding and the heart that can accommodate such pain. May we imitate Jesus who exemplifies all of these to us.

“God’s mercy and love is far beyond my difficulties.”

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