Tuesday of the 13th Week of the Year

Gen 19:15-29; Matt 8:23-27

The Calming of the Storm at Sea

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

A young nephew, only 5 years old, once asked me: “Does God ever sleep?” confronted with all forms of sordid events that seem to occur in rapid succession, people at times wonder if God has fallen asleep, oblivious to what’s going on. But Jesus is there. In the gospel Jesus was not surprised by the disciples’ fear of the tempest, but rather by their lack of faith in spite of His presence among them.

Would we have fared better than the apostles then who we are with our Lord in the flesh? Would we have instantly recognized God’s power in Jesus after He rebuked the wind and ordered the sea to calm down? I bet we would have been as terrified as the apostles were! At the very instant when they discovered this divine power in Jesus they were terrified as Moses was at the burning bush and Isaiah at the time of his vision in the temple, as all those to whom God revealed Himself in a special way.

Have you ever wondered if the storm currently raging in your life is God’s way of introducing Himself to you? In Jewish mentality, the sea is a reminder of primitive chaos. In commanding the sea “to quiet down,” just as He did with the demons, Jesus affirmed His divine power over the forces of evil. Indeed, our God is above all our fears. If we put our trust in Him, what and who else should we fear? (Fr. Kids del Parto, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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There are different kinds of silence. For instance, when you pass by an old cemetery, especially in countryside, you feel an eerie silence that pervades the place. I call this Empty Silence, just like the open and old empty tombs that you see around. When a child is being scolded by her parent for some mischief, she usually remains silent or when arrested bold dancers are presented to the public, they cover their faces in shame – Shameful Silence. Hospitals favor silence in ICUs because silence is therapeutic; we have here a Healing Silence. When a seed is planted in the ground it undergoes Growth Silence. When an Olympic athlete girds himself for the high jump, he focuses in silence all his attention to the task at hand; he gathers all his energy for the moment. This I call a Power Silence.

The gospel presents to us Jesus rebuking the raging winds, ordering them to keep silent! And when the waves and winds quieted down, he turned to His disciples and scolded them, “Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?” I believe that the words of Jesus were an invitation for His disciples to calm down when situations like what happened on the lake occurred. In fact, like what he did in life Jesus wants us to make silence an integral part of our life. “When you pray go into your room, close your door, and pray to your Father in private,” (Matt 6:6). Jesus invites His followers to regularly retreat into silence, because He knows the values that silence bring into one’s life. The silence that Jesus invites us to go through however, is not an empty and guilty silence, rather, it is one that is filled with God’s presence; it is a presence of one who has power over all. “Even the winds and the sea obey Him!” this kind of silence leads to healing, growth and power.

When storms and waves visit life, those who regularly commune with God in silence will remain in silence will remain strong. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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Inside the bus on a long trip, a man noticed a little girl in one side sitting alone unaccompanied. The man approached her and asked: “My dear little girl, are you not afraid to be traveling alone in this long trip do you know where you are going?” the little girl answered: Sir, I am not afraid, for the driver of this bus is my father. I trust him to bring me where I am going.”

Today’s gospel is familiar story. Jesus calmed not only a storm and the sea but also the fear of the disciples who were with Him in the boat. And this is not only a story that illustrates the power of Jesus over the forces of nature but His loving presence and care during the times of personal storms in our lives. “Why are you terrified, O you little faith?”

Fear is something we experience everyday. There is always that fear for the safety of our families, of losing our job, of serious sickness and of sudden death while traveling by road, sea and air. No matter how many times we have been encouraged these times, fear cannot be easily erased.

Even if Jesus promised His disciples that the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church, they were not immune from fear. Our gospel today is just one incident.

How did the early Christians react to crises that threatened their early existence? they resorted to prayer – a sort of prayer of protest to Jesus who look on and did nothing while His people were suffering and dying under Roman persecution.

Prayer was their means of waking Him up. So, let it be for us, too. Jesus getting up and calming the rough sea is the gospel’s way of saying to us that under difficult times He alone will hear our prayer and put an end to our fear and restore peace. Our prayer therefore is not in vain. Intense crisis demands intense faith. intense fear demands intense prayer.

Is there something causing so much fear and anxiety in your life at present? Like the girl in the story, it is about time to take Jesus as your official and personal “driver” to drive your life safely and calmly. (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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Most of the disciples were seasoned fishermen when Jesus found them. The storm they encountered at sea was certainly not their first one. It is surprising that they were scared. It must have been extraordinarily terrifying they even resorted to waking up Jesus, a carpenter, sleeping in the boat.

Another puzzling thing here is why they were scared when Jesus was with them in the same boat. He was physically present, just a touching distance from them. In the past they saw Him perform so many miracles. Yet, there they were, terrified!

We claim we have faith in God but when we face with danger, don’t we get scared too? Like the disciples, maybe our faith is so little. We need to face squarely our own situation and while accepting our lack of faith, we humbly say: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!”

It is consoling to know that there were moments in the life of Jesus when He was also terrified. In Gethsemani, we are told, he was so terrified at the option of taking on the call for self sacrifice on the cross that He even sweated blood.

Next time we are terrified, let us be humble enough to accept our deficiency and then simply renew our faith. And like the apostles, we call out, “Lord, save us!” he will always be there to quiet the storm. (Fr. Carlos Lariosa, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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TUESDAY OF THE 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – MATEO 8:23-27. Mahadlokon ba kita o masaligon nga pagkasumusunod ni Kristo? Taliwala sa dakong unos, ang mga tinun-an nga diha sa sakayan nalisang pag-ayo bisan uban kanila ang Ginoo. Tungod niini, giingnan sila ni Kristo, “Pagkagamay sa inyong pagtoo!” Dili ba sama man usab kita sa mga tinun-an nga dali rang malisang kon hadlaon sa mga unos o suliran? Usahay gani mabalaka kita sa mga butang nga dili angay’ng kabalak-an. Natural sa tawo nga maguol ug mabalisa kon adunay dagkong problema. Apan kon kita nagtoo sa presensya ug pagpakig-uban sa Ginoo diha sa atong kinabuhi, angay kitang magpabiling lig-on ug maisogon. Sa iyang pagpahunong sa dakong unos, gipakita ni Jesus nga kontrolado niya ang tanan nga mahitabo ning kalibotan. Busa, dili kita angay’ng harian sa kahadlok tungod kay dili man kita niya pasagdan. Posted by Abet Uy

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Monday, June 29, 2015

TUESDAY OF THE 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 8:23-27. MAHADLOKON BA KITA O MASALIGON NGA PAGKASUMUSUNOD NI KRISTO? Taliwala sa dakong unos, ang mga tinun-an nga diha sa sakayan nalisang pag-ayo bisan uban kanila ang Ginoo. Tungod niini, giingnan sila ni Kristo, “Pagkagamay sa inyong pagtoo!” Dili ba sama man usab kita sa mga tinun-an nga dali rang malisang kon hadlaon sa mga unos o suliran? Usahay gani mabalaka kita sa mga butang nga dili angay’ng kabalak-an. Natural sa tawo nga mabalisa kon adunay dagkong problema. Apan kon kita nagtoo sa pagpakig-uban sa Ginoo, angay kitang magpabiling lig-on ug maisogon. Sa iyang pagpahunong sa dakong unos, gipakita ni Hesus nga kontrolado niya ang tanan nga mahitabo ning kalibotan. Nindot ang usa ka caption nga nag-ingon: “When the storm is raging all around me, You are the peace that calms my troubled sea.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Monday, June 27, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – PAMALANDONG Hunyo 28, 2016 MATEO 8:23-27. MAHADLOKON BA KITA O MASALIGON NGA PAGKASUMUSUNOD NI KRISTO? Taliwala sa dakong unos, ang mga tinun-an nga diha sa sakayan nalisang pag-ayo bisan uban kanila ang Ginoo. Tungod niini, giingnan sila ni Kristo, “Pagkagamay sa inyong pagtoo!” Kinaiya sa tawo nga mabalisa kon adunay dagkong problema. Daghan kanato, sama sa mga tinun-an, dali rang malisang kon hadlaon sa mga unos o suliran sa kinabuhi. Apan, kon kita mitoo sa gahum ug gugma sa Ginoo, angay kitang magpabiling lig-on ug maisogon. Dili kita angay nga mawad-an og paglaum. Sa iyang pagpahunong sa dakong unos, gipakita ni Hesus nga kontrolado niya ang tanan nga mahitabo ning kalibotan. Usa ka magsusulat ang nag-ingon: “You are safer with God in the storm than you are anywhere else without Him.” Posted by Abet Uy

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My Reflection for Tuesday July 1, Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 8:23-27 – Reflection: What is faith? Faith is the fuel that keeps us going in the midst of uncertainty. When the disciples were being tossed by a violent storm they suddenly were overcome by fear. They did not cling to their faith in Jesus considering that He was also with them.  That’s why Jesus told them: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”

Don’t we allow ourselves also to be paralyzed by our unfounded fears? For example, the fear of dying, the fear of sickness and so forth, we often times allow ourselves to be paralyzed by these uncertainties in our lives. But if we have faith in Jesus we need not fear anything that may come to us. Our faith in Jesus is more than enough to strengthen us and conquer all our worries in life.

Next time that we face storms in our lives let us be still, keep calm and firmly hold-on to our faith in Jesus. Even if what is ahead of us is a little bit hazy let us have faith. Let us continue to believe that Jesus will never forsake those whose faith in HIM is solid as a granite rock.

Let us continue to have a laser like focus and faith in Jesus, let us not give space for fear in our hearts. For fear is an instrument of the devil to sway us away from the loving care of Jesus. If you think you lack faith, humbly ask the Holy Spirit to give you the gift of faith. And strengthen it further by your active prayer life, by reading the Holy bible and by our presence at Holy Mass.

How is your faith in Jesus during this very moment? Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

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FEARLESS FAITH: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” – Matthew 8:26

Twenty-five years ago, I attended a graduation ceremony in PICC. Not as a speaker but as a photographer. My cousin was graduating and I volunteered to take his pictures. I borrowed a friend’s expensive camera, complete with a long lens. I took lots of photos. It was evening when the ceremony ended.

After congratulating my cousin, I walked back to my borrowed car. (Borrowed car, borrowed camera… you see how poor I was then?) And that’s when I noticed that my bag was light. To my horror, the long lens was gone!

I knew that it was expensive — more expensive than the camera itself. I stepped out of the car and looked back at the gigantic PICC. Where will I look first? I prayed, “Oh God, You’ve got to help me!” Immediately, I felt peace. I knew God was in charge.

I walked back to the building, taking a shortcut through the grass. Picture this: I was walking on grass in the dark. And that was when I felt an inner nudge to stop walking. I did. At that exact spot, I felt the same nudge to bend over. I stooped down and touched something round. It was the camera lens!

I remember that day and tell myself, “If God guides me for something as small as a camera lens, I believe God will guide me for the bigger things in my life.” Bo Sanchez (bosanchez@kerygmafamily.com)

Reflection: What’s keeping you from trusting God with your all?

Lord, when the going gets rough, help me to keep going, fearless and full of faith that You will see me through.

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1ST READING: Amos speaks of the compulsion involved with his calling. We will never know for sure but I believe part of the compulsion to speak out comes from the cry within us for a more just world. Amos would have seen much poverty in his few short years and may have experienced some of the worst of it himself. Combine this with a sense that God is calling him to speak out and you have a very potent motivation to proclaim a call for social justice. Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12

GOSPEL: There will always be crises in our lives. How they affect us will depend largely on how we deal with them. Too often we look directly at the problem and get

caught up in its immediacy that we are unable to see beyond it or around it. The result is always panic. We need to face our crises with the sure faith that there is always a way through them because this is what God has promised us. Matthew 8:23-27

think:  We need to face our crises with the sure faith that there is always a way through them because this is what God has promised us.

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A STRIKING QUESTION, A STINGING REBUKE — FOR A PURPOSE: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Jesus directed this question  to His disciples who were panicking on a boat during a violent storm (as narrated in today’s Gospel). Perhaps it’s the very same question which the Lord asks us too, time and again. Indeed, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”

Perhaps He strikes a raw nerve in us, especially with the second part of the question. Yes, we humbly admit it, we are of little faith. And as if to rub it in even more, the Lord seems to scold and berate us, too.

But let us not be onion-skinned and chicken-hearted. The Lord has a purpose in it. Even as He allows trials and temptations to come our way, God, in His mysterious ways, also wants to test us, strengthen us, purify us. And we, for our part, just have to trust Him through it all.

In the end, it was the disciples who asked a question. In their utter amazement at what had happened, they couldn’t help but ask of Jesus, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

We need not be amazed or surprised. Jesus is such a sort of man. In fact, He is not just a man —He is God as well. God, not so much in the sense of a Supreme Being with supernatural powers and miraculous deeds, but more importantly, Jesus is the true God who can calmly sleep through the worst storms — not because He doesn’t care about us, but because, in the first place, He is confident and in control of everything. And that includes everything that’s going on in our lives.

He is that caring. And should the need arise, He will also reprimand us just as He rebuked the winds and the sea. He will admonish us for our lack of faith. But then again, we know the reason and the purpose for it. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Have you ever felt the Lord’s rebuke? How did you respond to it?

Lord, sorry for the times I didn’t trust You enough. Help me to deepen my faith in You.

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I’VE GOT EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL – “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” – Matthew 8:26

I have many plans in life. I want to open my own craft shop. I want to teach. I want to have a beautiful home with a big garden. I want to get married and have kids. I want to treat my dad to expensive things. I want to sponsor children to school. I want to see the world.

Where am I now? I’m slowly building my craft business. I freelance as a managing editor, trying to make ends meet. I still can’t treat Dad to an expensive dinner date without checking my budget. I get anxious sometimes. The fear of what ifs creep in. What if I can’t make everything work out? What if I’m too idealistic? What if I should have pursued something else?

In today’s Gospel, I’m reminded that when nothing is happening, it doesn’t mean God is not doing anything. I have shouted to God many times, trying to wake Him up. This time, I imagine Him looking at me with a smile on His face saying, “Why are you shouting again, Pia? I told you, I’ve got everything under control.”

I choose to surrender to His timing because what God wants in my life is more important. This takes my fear away. Pia Angelica J. Suiza (piasuiza@yahoo.com)

Reflection: What are you anxious about? Lift it all up to God.

Thank You, Lord, for being in control of my life. Amen.

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MORE THAN AMAZEMENT – The miraculous calming of the storm at sea by Jesus results in a dramatic turnaround. “There was a great calm,” as the Gospel reports it, and “the men were amazed….”

Today’s saint, aptly named Irenaeus, which means serene or peaceful in Greek, is a good illustration. True to his name, Irenaeus lived at the time when persecutions and heresies were on the attack against the Catholic Church. Irenaeus rose to Her defense, doing so mostly through his theological writings. At the same time, his doctrine gave a strong intellectual and apologetic foundation to our faith.

It was also faith that was the game changer during that terrifying boat trip in the Gospel episode. Our Lord Jesus was quick to berate His disciples: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”

With St. Irenaeus as a man of peace and a defender of the faith, we have someone whom we can count on to intercede for us in our moments of crisis and difficulty. The boat of our life may be rocked and tossed about by the stormy seas of hardship and tribulation, but with our steadfast faith in God we need not fret.

In the end, we can only marvel at the person of Jesus, just as the disciples did: “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” But on second thought, we shouldn’t really wonder anymore. More than amazement, our faith in Jesus is what’s simply needed. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: What causes your faith to weaken? How do you handle such moments?

Give me Your peace, Lord, that I may not be troubled by the winds of adversity in my life. Amen.

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June 30, 2015

Tuesday of the 13th Week in the Ordinary Time B

Gen 19:15-29, Mt 8: 23-27

Storms and Turbulence in Life

Today we have the famous passage of Jesus calming the sea for our reflection. Jesus is tired after a day of hectic activities. Most probably Jesus with his disciples might have been sailing from Capernaum on the North western side of Lake Galilee to the Eastern side. The Lake Galilee or the lake of Kinnereth (due to its shape of a harp) and its shores were the field of mission of Jesus. The lake was about seven miles wide at its broadest and 160 feet deep at is deepest. Its surface was 600 feet below sea level. Mount Hermon to the North is over 9000 feet high. It means the valley drops sharply to the desert region in a very short distance. So the hot air can come up the valley and collide with the cooler air form Hermon. That caused sudden storms on the lake. Such sudden storms were quite common there. Naturally Peter and the fisher men among the disciples were quite familiar with such occurrences. Still they became so frightened.

Storms are bound to happen in any sea or a lake like Lake Galilee. Just because Jesus is there in the boat, the nature’s laws do not become inactive. Same is the case with our life. There are storms and turbulence in our life too. We too face different kinds of storms in our life. It may be a relationship failure or a financial crisis or failure in exam or a serious health condition.   It can be marital problems or crisis in one’s personal life or mental agony. Whatever it be, we all face various kinds of troubles and storms in our life.

Remember one thing: Just because Christ is the centre of your life or you are following Christ with earnestness or you are a member of a charismatic prayer group or a religious or a priest you are not going to be exempted from facing storms and problems in your life. But the relief is that you have Jesus sleeping in your boat and at any time you can wake him up. When you face the storms, remember to wake Jesus up.

Many a time we tend to run for temporary reliefs. We run to the fortune tellers and feng shui masters and pranic healers or crystals and pendants that promise to remove our bad days. Remember the Lord is with us in the boat. We have just to wake him up only. The Lord of the universe is here with us ready to help us 24 X7 throughout the year. Where do I put my trust? Jesus today calls me as he called the disciples, “You men of little faith…”

‘Trust the Lord’ – that is the key word for my life Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI

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Letting Jesus Sleep

June 30, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 8:23-27

As Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come to you in this meditation ready to do whatever it is you ask. Left to myself I often take the easy and convenient path, yet I know the way of a Christian is through the narrow gate. In you I find the reason to abandon the easy path for a more perfect mission of love. I’m ready to learn the meaning of your command: “Follow me.”

Petition: Lord, grant me the grace of a mature faith.

  1. God’s Silence, Man’s Faith:We can imagine ourselves in the place of the apostles, in this poor boat tossed by the turbulent waves. The situation instantly speaks to our worst of fears; yet Jesus sleeps. Our temptation is to wake him…and too many souls do so through complaining incessantly, despairing attitudes, withdrawing from prayer, or unloading anger on others. When in a moment of trial we find life is no longer under our complete control, the option of meltdown is always at hand. But we mustn’t take that route; instead we must contemplate the power that emanates from the sleeping Christ. Trials are intended by God to draw us closer to him and increase our dependence on him. We have to live from faith; otherwise all that reigns is fear, insecurity and bitterness. The “Silence of Christ” is powerful. To pass over its meaning lightly is to abandon some of the deepest lessons of Christ’s heart. The “Silence of Christ” must teach us.
  2. The “Silence of Christ” Speaks to Our Faith:What is Christ’s sleep like? As a young mother, Mary watched Jesus sleep many times. Archbishop Martinez writes:

“Jesus was exceedingly beautiful when he spoke the words of eternal life, accomplished wonders, looked with love, pardoned with mercy and caressed with tenderness. But I would like to have seen him while he was sleeping because I could have contemplated him to my heart’s content, without the fascination of his gaze distracting me, without the perfection of his beauty and the glory of his splendor dazzling my eyes and enrapturing my soul. The beauty of Jesus awake is far too great for my smallness. Who could support it? I felt it more suited to me veiled by sleep, as the glory of the sun is more adapted to my eyes when I look at it through a translucent lens” (When Jesus Sleeps, p.15).

May I trust the power of Christ just as much when he chooses not to act as when he does.

  1. God’s Eternal Pedagogy:Water, a boat, the apostles and Christ… this scene repeats itself over and over again in the Gospel. Water is a symbol of the experiences of life taken on a human level; the boat is the experience of faith on a supernatural level — it is our life with Christ. Christ’s message is that we can never let our experiences of life overwhelm our experience of faith. We have to live not from the surface level of impressions of the moment, but from the deep channel of faith that reveals the action of God, the wisdom of his Providence and the ultimate destiny of eternity. Faith is what reveals Christ’s presence in our boat; faith is what makes us believe that every wave and wind gust are blessed invitations to confide in the One who rules all. Faith is what permits God to console our hearts, calm our fears and preserve our joy in the midst of problems and difficulties that may take months or years to run their course.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I know belief makes me vulnerable. But I know that I will not know your love if I do not believe that you can make me happier than I can be by myself. If I do not face the enemies of my soul and my mission and abandon myself to your grace, I will not know your victory.

Resolution: Today I will take a problem and, with complete trust and confidence in him, leave it totally in God’s hands.

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 30, 2015

BACK LOT

“Lot’s wife looked back.” –Genesis 19:26

The angels told Lot and his family to flee from Sodom and Gomorrah and not look back (Gn 19:17). “But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt” (Gn 19:26). Jesus said: “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it; whoever loses it will keep it” (Lk 17:32-33).

By becoming Christians, we have left behind the polluted world (see 2 Pt 2:20) of Sodom and Gomorrah. We have “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and made “no provision for the desires of the flesh” (Rm 13:14). We are tempted to go back to our old life and be “caught up and overcome in pollution once more” (2 Pt 2:20). However, we should not go back or even look back to those things we left behind when we became disciples of Jesus. “Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God” (Lk 9:62). We must “give no thought to what lies behind but push on to what is ahead” (Phil 3:13). “Remember Lot’s wife” (Lk 17:32) “and the tomb of a disbelieving soul, a standing pillar of salt” (Wis 10:7).

PRAYER: Father, I rejoice to give all for love of You.

PROMISE: ” ‘What sort of Man is this,’ they said, ‘that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’ ” –Mt 8:27

PRAISE: The First Martyrs of Rome have healed countless others through their lives and deaths. They came from all classes of Roman society – soldiers, peasants, nobility, and merchants.

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Tuesday of the13th Week in Ordinary Time

Am 3:1-8, 11-12; Mt 8: 23-27

With Jesus We Are Powerful

The disciples were amazed and said, What sort of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey him seeing Jesus stills the storm.

Samson, the strong man, fell in love with a woman named Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines went up to the country to see her and said, Coax him and find out what gives him his great strength, and how we can master him , bind him, and hold him captive.

And Delilah tried to find out what gave Samson strength, until finally he told her the secret. He said, If my head were shaved, then my strength would leave me and I should become as weak as any other man. Delilah then told the Philistines. She lulled Samson to sleep on her knees and summoned a man, and he shaved the seven locks of Samson hair for her, and they made him captive. And Samson strength left him. But the strength was not in the hair, as is so often erroneously said. Samson had taken the Nazirite vow which committed him first to totally abstain from women and from strong wine. The growing of the hair was a symbol of that vow, so that the cutting of the hair was also the symbol of the breaking of the vow. And then Delilah cried, The Philistines are upon you, Samson.

He woke up from his sleep and said, I will go out as usual and shake myself. In other words, as strong as I ever was. He did not know that the Lord had left him.

We are so strong in the presence of the Lord. Amaze always on the power of the Lord which saves us. Fr. Davis Panadan CMI

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June 28, 2016

REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading we are told that “without warning, a fierce storm burst upon the lake.” How is it possible that a storm can come “without warning”? And how could experienced fishermen like the disciples not see the storm coming?

The answer to these questions lies in the topography of Palestine. The Sea of Galilee, where this storm occurs, lies at 600 feet below sea level, but on each side of it are high elevations of about 1,500 feet in the West and of 3,000 feet in the East. When cold winds blow from the East on the Syrian plateau and hit the deep chasm of the Sea of Galilee (3,000 feet below), they immediately drop (cold air goes down) and force the hot air on the surface of the Sea of Galilee to go up, thus creating a strong atmospheric convection. This agitates the surface of the sea, creating huge waves (up to 20 feet). Nothing announces such phenomena. They can happen when the sky is cloudless.

What is surprising is that the disciples feared for their lives with Jesus on board. Since he claimed to be God’s Son, how could they think for a moment that God would let his Son drown and they with him?

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