Monday, July 03, 2006
Tuesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
July 4, 2006
Tuesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
AMOS 3:1-8; 4:11-12
Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of
Egypt: "You only have I known of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. "Do two walk
together, unless they have made an appointment? Does a lion roar in the
forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if
he has taken nothing? Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when
there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when
it has taken nothing? Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are
not afraid? Does evil befall a city, unless the LORD has done it?
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, without revealing his secret to his
servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord
GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?" "I overthrew some of you, as
when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked
out of the burning; yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
"Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to
you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"
And when he 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, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are
you afraid, O men 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?"
It is nearly nightfall when Jesus, together with disciples, get into a
boat and head across the Sea of Galilee. Shortly after they sail, Jesus
falls asleep. Out of nowhere a storm suddenly hits. The disciples think
they can handle the situation and let Jesus rest. But later, despite
their all efforts to maneuver their boat out from the stormy sea, they
find themselves in danger of sinking. Through the raging storm, Jesus
How is it that Jesus could sleep through the violent storm?
The Gospel today talks about Jesus' humanity. Like every human, Jesus
gets tired after a day's work and falls asleep even through a storm.
His deep sleep signifies his total trust in God, even through a storm.
He has abandoned his life to the Father's loving care. However, his
loving relation with the Father spills over to others as well. Jesus
sleeps through the storm but not through the cries of his disciples. He
reacts with human compassion to save his friends in need. Indeed, the
miracle lies not in the stilling of the storm but in the suddenness
with which Jesus responds to it.
Today's Gospel reminds us to examine our faith in relation to our
fears. D. A. Carson once said, "Faith drives out fear and fear drives
out faith." Although we all believe that Jesus is God, we need to ask
ourselves: Do we live each day with the belief that Jesus is truly in
control of every situation? How many times have we been calling on the
Lord for help in times of trouble and every time we said "Jesus, where
are you when I needed you most?" Don't you think we should rather seek
him in calm assurance and not with terrifying fears that he does not
care? When we face difficulties, we need to have faith in God's
goodness and God's control.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the continued recovery of Tito Cale.
- for the personal intentions of Fely.
- for the personal intentions of JR.
- for the early recovery of Deng de Leon and Elen.
- for the speedy recovery of Felicitas Simeon.
- for guidance and discernment of Nitz.
- for the speedy recovery of Ding Vidanes.
- In Thanksgiving: Bro. Nanding
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Emmanuel Cua
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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