Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time, June 30

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!”

In essence, to paraphrase our Lord’s words, He replied, “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith?”

When we look at our Readings for today, the lack of faith is an issue we find as the common thread which courses its way through today’s Scripture Readings. The Jewish people were God’s chosen people. God had given them His Covenant, and they in turn, over time, had turned their backs on His loving protection.

As a result, God says to them, as found in the Book of Amos, in a very chastising way, “So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! …prepare to meet your God…”

As Catholic Christians, we have been given the gift of the fullness of God’s Truth. Jesus tells us in John’s Gospel, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him.” In other words, our coming to know Jesus has been a gift, from the moment of our conception, for which we owe an eternal debt of gratitude.

Our coming to know Jesus’ Father is a result of our Lord’s invitation which He has placed within our hearts. Our growth in our faith to know, love and serve Him is a gift freely given to us through the Holy Spirit working within us – again, all gifts for which we should be eternally grateful.

And what did our Lord once say to us – to all His children throughout all generations? “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

For those who ignore the gifts freely given, we see the result of God’s displeasure in our First Reading. It behooves each of us to hear the words our psalmist prays today, “Lead me in your justice, Lord.” – a prayer asking God to lead us in the life of faith, a prayer to God asking that He lead us to all righteousness – especially during those times when the storms, which life may throw against us, test our faith, our trust and our virtues.

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.

The disciples asked in utter amazement, What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” They had not yet come to know the fullness of who Jesus is. But by virtue of the gift of faith which we have all received, we do know who He is; we know of His Love and Mercy; we also know of His Justice.

Let us pray that we may always recognize Jesus’ abiding presence within us and within our daily lives. In times of trouble or fear, may we find courage and strength to respond as we should.

Let us turn to our Lord and rely upon Him in ALL circumstances, and may we trust in His help against the storms of adversity and in temptation and in the trials of daily life.

And may each of us be filled with faith and trust, when we cry out, “Lord, save us!”

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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

  • “You alone I have known, among all the families of the earth…Yet you did not return to me – says the LORD.” (Amos 3:2a, 4:11c)
  • “Therefore thus I will do to you, Israel: and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” (Amos 4:12)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Luke 12:48b)
  • “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)
  • “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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