June 21, 2015 - 12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Cycle B, Green
Jb 38: 1, 8 – 11 / 2 Cor 5: 14 – 17 / Mk 4: 35 - 41
First Reading: Jb 38: 1, 8 – 11
Then Yahweh answered Job out of the storm: Who shut the sea behind closed doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling clothes; when I set its limits with doors and bars in place, when I said, "You will not go beyond these bounds; here is where your proud waves must halt?"
Second Reading: 2 Cor 5: 14 – 17
Indeed the love of Christ holds us and we realize that if he died for all, all have died. He died for all so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them. And so from now on, we do not regard anyone from a human point of view; and even if we once knew Christ personally, we should now regard him in another way.
For that same reason, the one who is in Christ is a new creature. For him the old things have passed away; a new world has come.
Gospel: Mk 4: 35 - 41
On that same day when evening had come, Jesus said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." So they left the crowd and took him away in the boat he had been sitting in, and other boats set out with him. Then a storm gathered and it began to blow a gale. The waves spilled over into the boat so that it was soon filled with water. And Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.
They woke him up and said, "Master, do you not care if we sink?" As Jesus awoke, he rebuked the wind and ordered the sea, "Quiet now! Be still!" The wind dropped and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to them, "Why are you so frightened? Do you still have no faith?" But they were terrified and they said to one another, "Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him!"
Today's Gospel reading reminds us how blessed we are as Christians. It tells us that God is ever present, working at all times and places to save, lead, strengthen and redeem his people. God is always calling us to a deeper relationship with him. We need his guidance and mercy, love and peace more fully in our lives. It is faith that brings us to believe in God and his love. But we have to open our minds and hearts to feel his presence and to hear his guiding Spirit.
As we reflect on our readings today we see how God is always present and continually at work to bring people to salvation. In the first reading from the Book of Job the Lord speaks to Job and tells him that it was he who held back the sea and set its limits and boundaries.
In the reading from the second letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul tells them that "the love of Christ holds us and we realize that if he died for all, all have died" and that "he died for all so that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for them."
In the Gospel reading Jesus chastises his disciples for their lack of faith in him: they had seen his many miracles and good works healing the sick, driving out evil spirits, restoring sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, making the lame walk. If they had faith in him, they would have had no doubt that, despite the stormy sea, no harm would come to them for they were with him. The disciples were astonished and their faith strengthened when Jesus calmed the sea and the wind. What little faith his disciples had: he called them to greater faith, challenging them to a deeper relationship with him and his Father.
Today we are like Jesus' disciples then. We face numerous temptations and have sinned. We encounter troubles and doubts about God's role in our lives. But through all these, God's concern and love for us have not wavered. He remains always with us, calling us to have faith in him. He is there always to watch over us, to guide and challenge us to renew ourselves and put our faith in him.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ANTONIO D. JAVIER
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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