Theme: Jesus has the Power to Still the Storms of your Life
The liturgy of this twelfth Sunday in Ordinary time is about how we regard Jesus especially when we experience difficulties in our lives. Today’s scripture readings present, on one hand, the disciples in a terrifying situation in the middle of the sea with storms hitting their boat (Gospel), and on the other hand a despairing Job who wonders why he has to suffer, he who obeys God (first reading). In the first case, Jesus stilled the storms. In the second one, God preferred to answer Job out of the storm telling him that it is He (God) the master of creation. He then stilled the proud waves of Job.
Indeed, many of us have experienced or watched on television the tremendous power of natural storms such as a hurricane or tornado. The disciples of Jesus in today’s Gospel experienced it. They were terrified although they knew that Jesus was with them. Jesus rebuked the wind and stilled the waves. Note that Jesus here did not pray, nor did he raise his hand (as Moses did) to calm the sea. As a creator commanding his creature, he stilled the waves of the sea by word only. Filled with great awe, the disciples asked one another: “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” In this passage, the ... READ MORE
Theme: Have Hope and Patience When You Build God’s Kingdom
One man was concerned about how evil is increasing in the world. He decided to pray to God for all people in the world to repent, and that the kingdom of God reign on earth. At the end of his prayer session, the world was still the same. He said to himself: “maybe the whole world is bigger, let me focus on my country only.” After his prayer, nothing changed in his country. He decided then to pray only for his city. Even with this, nobody repented in his city. Then the man said, “Well, I need to focus on my Church then.” He prayed for the people in his Church to repent but no success. He was tired and wondered why God does not listen to his prayer. Suddenly, he heard a voice within him saying, you should start, not with the world, but with yourself. Then, he prayed for his own repentance. At the end of his prayer session, he realized that he changed, his Church, city, country, and the whole world as well. This story teaches us that to build the kingdom of God where you live, you need to start with yourself.
The scripture readings of this Sunday deal with the expectation of the coming of the kingdom of God, which is the time when love, justice, and peace reign. Prophet Ezekiel in the first reading consoled his troubled and despairing fellow citizens with the promise of God’s kingdom to come. He invited them to have hope and to be patient. Nowadays, you and I too long for this moment where we live. I would like to focus on our Church and families. We expect our Church and families to be the places of love, justice, and peace. However, our Church ad families themselves are the communities of human beings. Which means, they are not necessary God’s kingdom on earth but each ... READ MORE
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