Saturday, June 19, 2021

They cried out to God in their distress and He heard them.

"Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. 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?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4: 34 - 40).

Sunday June 20th 2021, in the 12th Week in Ordinary Time.

“Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” This is the apparently exasperated rebuke of the disciples by Jesus.  The disciples had seen signs and wonders performed by Jesus.

Apart from the miracle of the Eucharist, which I appropriate by faith, I have not seen any miracle in my life. I hear TV Evangelists claim all types of miracles. I have never seen one. Let me tell you what I have seen many times from Sacred Scriptures: Whenever anyone cries out to God for help in mortal danger (whether a sinner or a saint), God hears and responds as Jesus did in today's Gospel.
We have example of this in the Responsorial Psalm where sailors in grave danger in the high seas cried out to God to save them.

"They cried to the Lord in their distress; from their straits he rescued them, he hushed the storm to a gentle breeze, and the billows of the sea were stilled." (Psalm 107).

God works silent miracles all the time for us. Show appreciation like the sailors. God is very pleased by our gratitude.

"They rejoiced that they were calmed, and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his kindness and his wondrous deeds to the children of men." (Psalm 107).

Such lessons from the Scriptures build up our faith. Don't miss them.

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