Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection July 02, 2024


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R/. Lead me, Lord, in your justice.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. I long for the Lord, in his word I hope.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: When Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

1. The disciples in the boat are hit by a great storm. They are deadly frightened. They run to Jesus who was found sleeping in the boat. They awaken him and he calms the storm. He also rebukes them for their little faith.

2. This scene repeats every day in anyone and everyone’s case. The boat of our life is like sailing in the sea. And no seldom strong winds and storms attack us and frighten us. Do we easily lose sight of him present in our lifeboat? Do we so soon get frightened by their force? Do we also feel that the Lord is sleeping while we are about to perish?

3. It is their lack of strong faith that frightens them even when the Lord is with them in the same boat? Even if he is sleeping, do they not remember that he is present and with them? Will he allow them to perish? When the Lord of the sea himself is with them, what harm can betide them?

4. Often it is the lack of faith and faithfulness that makes one indifferent, indulgent, and unrepentant. This is what happens in the case of the Israelites again and again. God reminds them and cautions them constantly through His holy prophets. But they do not leave their waywardness. They do not return to the Lord.

5. So, certain chastisement and corrective measures were needed to bring them back to their senses. Where there is deep faith, there is no overpowering of sin and fear. Lack of faith leads us to sin and fear. Consequently, we feel that God is sleeping. Actually, it is we who are sleeping. We are not awake and aware of God’s presence, His protection, and guidance.

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