Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time, July 2

May We Always Recognize God’s Loving Presence Amidst the Storms in Our Lives, and May He Always Still the Surging Seas Which Threaten to Wash Over Us.

We read in today’s Gospel how the Apostles were filled with fear, and they cried out to Jesus with the words, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

Whenever I read this account in the Scriptures, it brings to mind an event which happened to my wife and myself several years ago. We were crossing the Delaware Bay in a boat we owned at the time.

And for those who are unaware, the Delaware Bay can be very much like the Sea of Galilee which we read about in today’s Gospel. The seas can start out very calm. Then, all of a sudden and out of nowhere, the winds pick up in intensity, and what was once a relatively calm sea can turn into something rather foreboding and threatening, especially for those in small crafts.

And for us, what were relatively calm seas, only a couple of hours earlier, were now six-foot swells slamming into our boat broadside. I remember telling my wife to put on her vest and to help me with mine, for I had everything I could do to maintain course and keep us from being swamped by the seas which were beginning to crash over the deck of the boat.

We read about a similar storm in today’s Gospel. It apparently had gotten so bad that our Lord’s disciples were afraid of drowning. Out of fear and in the midst of the storm, they woke our Lord, who had fallen asleep, and cried out, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

It is in moments such as these, in the midst of whatever storms we may experience in life, that each one of us begins to realize our own limitations, no matter what skills we may have or what knowledge we may possess. We begin to realize that, when all is said and done, we truly are dependent upon the God who created us, a God of boundless Love and Mercy.

When we reflect upon today’s Gospel and witness the lack of faith in the minds and hearts of the Apostles, or when we reflect upon our own weaknesses in our own walks of faith, Jesus cannot deny who He is – a God of Infinite Love, who will dispel the storms in our lives through His limitless Mercy – if only we call out with a truly humbled and contrite heart and ask for His help.

We read today that the Apostles were still struggling with their newborn faith when they exclaimed, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” They still did not fully comprehend who Jesus was.

But we know that our God, the Father who created us, the Son who redeemed us, and the Spirit who teaches and sanctifies us, is a God of Mercy. He is a God who loves His children beyond all manner of human understanding.

And even as a God of Divine Justice, as we just read in our First Reading from the Book of Genesis, He still showed His Mercy towards Lot and his family.

For when we keep our eyes and our hearts focused on the One True God, He does not abandon us. With an abiding faith and a humbled heart, we find ourselves praying as our psalmist in today’s Responsorial, “…your mercy is before my eyes, and I walk in your truth…I walk in integrity; redeem me [Lord], and have mercy on me.”

Just as Jesus quieted the storm on the Sea of Galilee, we, too, can turn to Him in our times of need, praying that He will quiet the storms in our daily lives, or at least help us to weather whatever squalls we may be subjected to from time to time, for He is truly a God of unfathomable Love.

He is a God whose Most Merciful Heart will never abandon His children, no matter what crosses we may have to bear, no matter what trials we may find ourselves being subjected to in this life, no matter what anxieties we may feel – all due to the inherent weaknesses of our own human condition.

Jesus had promised that He will never leave us alone, that He will always be at our side supporting us, lifting us up when we fall – even carrying us in His arms when necessary.

And He wills that our hearts be filled with a peace which only He can give – if only we would turn to Him and open ourselves to His Loving Presence, if only we would embrace all that He has taught us, all that He offers us.

May you and I increase our faith in His redeeming and Merciful Love. May each of us, His children, always recognize His Loving Presence amidst the storms in our lives, and may He always still the surging seas which threaten to wash over us and guide us with His compassionate Love to safe harbor!

For He is truly a God of unfathomable Love and limitless Mercy!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but [Jesus] was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’” (Matthew 8:24-25)
  • “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?’” (Matthew 8:26-27)
  • “Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.” (Genesis 19:29)
  • “Your mercy is before my eyes; I walk guided by your faithfulness…I walk in my integrity; redeem me, be gracious to me!” (Psalm 26:3, 11)
  • “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
  • “Even to your old age I am the same, even when your hair is gray I will bear you; It is I who have done this, I who will continue, and I who will carry you to safety.” (Isaiah 46:4)
  • “…it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • “You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty, Say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague, He will shelter you with his pinions, and under his wings you may take refuge; his faithfulness is a protecting shield.” (Psalm 91:1-4)
  • “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear…” (1 John 4:18a)
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
  • “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

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Prayer for the Day

“O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness

and we feel our weakness and helplessness,

give us the sense of Your Presence,

Your Love, and Your Strength.

“Help us to have perfect trust

in Your protecting Love and strengthening Power,

so that nothing may frighten or worry us;

for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand,

Your purpose, Your will through all things.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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