READINGS for 2006-06-25
CALMING THE TEMPEST
?Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?? ? Mark 4: 40
There is a tumult in my brain. A monster in my thoughts. A driving hectoring pain.
Cast your cares upon Him. Go on, He?s just waiting. Be still, and know that I am God.
Even though Job refuses to curse God, he is not beyond putting a few difficult questions to Him. Now God gives Job the answer to his questions. God is the ultimate master of everything. He has even defeated the powers of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Whether we or Job like it we are subject to Him. If we are smart we will learn to work with His will and not against it. In all of this it is important to remember that just because evil happens to us does not mean we deserve it as such. Sin is unjust and thus the effects of sin often reach beyond the perpetrator to the innocent.
1 Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: 8 And who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb; 9 when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? 10 When I set limits for it and fastened the bar of its door, 11 and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled!
P S A L M
Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31
R: Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
23 They who sailed the sea in ships, trading on the deep waters, 24 these saw the works of the LORD and his wonders in the abyss. (R) 25 His command raised up a storm wind which tossed its waves on high. 26 They mounted up to heaven; they sank to the depths; their hearts melted away in their plight. (R) 28 They cried to the LORD in their distress; from their straits he rescued them. 29 He hushed the storm to a gentle breeze, and the billows of the sea were stilled. (R) 30 They rejoiced that they were calmed, and he brought them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his kindness and his wondrous deeds to the children of men. (R)
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Paul affirms that we must live as new creations in Christ. There is no longer any excuse to live subject to the powers of sin and death as Jesus has conquered these for us. As believers in Christ we are called to live under the new reign of His Spirit as redeemed sons and daughters of God. Let us pray for the grace to open our hearts to the fruits of the Gospel and to live and bear them in our lives.
14 For the love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. 15 He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16 Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. 17 So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
Jesus does not demonstrate His power of the natural elements in order to show off! He does do in order to convince His disciples of His divinity and authority. If He is going to win them to His side to be His disciples, then He is going to have to convince them that to lay down their lives for Him and the Kingdom of God will be worth the cost of their lives! The call for the first disciples is the same call that Christ makes to us ? namely to follow Him on the path of eternal life and to encourage others to do the same.
35 On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, ?Let us cross to the other side.? 36 Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. 38 Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, ?Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?? 39 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ?Quiet! Be still!? The wind ceased and there was great calm. 40 Then he asked them, ?Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?? 41 They were filled with great awe and said to one another, ?Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey??
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GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
We are also men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.?
St. Barnabas, one of the earliest missionaries in the church, played a vital role in spreading and translating the gospel to a gentile audience. His story appears in the Acts of the Apostles. There he is originally introduced as a Cypriot Jew named Joseph, whom the apostles renamed Barnabas (?Son of encouragement?) after he sold his property and donated the proceeds to the church.
GOD OF THE COSMOS
Every time we come to Sunday Mass, in whatever liturgical season we are in, we renew our faith as we pray the Apostles? Creed: ?I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?? Our brothers and sisters in other countries use the more extensive formula of the Nicene Creed, and they profess: ?We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen?? I just wonder how many of us really have our hearts and our minds set on the words that we have memorized and now recite!
Fr. Domie G.
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