June 30, 2015 TUESDAY, 13th Week in Ordinary Time
First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
Gn 19:15 – 29 / Mt 8: 23 – 27
[Many early Christians in Rome gave their lives for their Faith under Emperor Nero about 64 AD.]
Reading: Gn 19:15 – 29
At daybreak the Angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and two daughters who are here, lest they perish because of the sin of the town." As he hesitated, the men took him by the hand and his wife and two daughters with him, because Yahweh had mercy on him. And they led him outside the town.
When they were outside, the men said to him, "Flee for your life and don't look back and don't stop anywhere in the plain. Flee to the mountain lest you perish."
But Lot replied, "My lords, your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot flee to the mountains for fear the disaster will overtake me and I die. See, there is a town near enough for me to flee to and it's a small one. Let me flee there: it is very small (that is why the town is called Zoar). So I will be safe." And the angel answered, "I grant you this favor as well by not destroying the town you speak of. But flee fast for I can do nothing until you arrive there."
The sun had risen on the earth when Lot reached Zoar. Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and Gomorrah burning sulphur out of the heavens from Yahweh, and he completely destroyed those towns and all the valley and all the inhabitants of the towns and everything that grew there.
Lot's wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt.
Early next morning Abraham returned to the place where he had stood before Yahweh. He looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah and towards all the land of the valley and he saw smoke rising from the earth like the smoke from a furnace.
So when God destroyed the towns of the plain he remembered Abraham and made Lot escape from the catastrophe while he destroyed the cities where Lot had lived.
Gospel: Mt 8:23 - 27
Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning a fierce storm hit the lake, with waves sweeping the boat. But Jesus was asleep.
They woke him and cried, saying, "Lord, save us! We are lost!." But Jesus answered "Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?" Then he stood up and ordered the wind and sea; and it became completely calm.
The people were astonished. They said, "What kind of man is he? Even the winds and sea obey him"
Mathew relates to us the story of how the disciples were with Jesus during a storm. Frightened, they woke up Jesus, and after He replied to them, "Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?" And then calmed the winds and the sea.
Life as we know it is chaotic. Challenges from work, society, government, family, and others bombard us daily with a lot of demands. How many times did we say we already want to give up? But then again, how many times did we turn to God for his assistance to answer all of these challenges? How many times did we feel we want to surrender but refused to surrender and lift everything to him?
Getting caught in a storm is no joke. We empathize for our brothers and sisters who endured the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda. If we were in that same situation, our thoughts and prayers would most definitely be crying out to God to save us. It's a very human reaction. The wind howls and we feel so fragile when everything around us gets blown away.
Jesus reassures his friends that, though the storm rages on, his power will calm the surge of the water. His hand will bring peace to all this turmoil. We just need to strengthen our faith in a God who is more powerful than all these earthly elements. His hand is there to protect us and bring us to safety.
God wants us to know that we need not be afraid. He can build up what has been demolished. He can find what has been lost. He makes new the things in our life that might have crumbled to dust or might have been washed away. He is a God who leads us to a better life as long as we continue to have faith in him.
Jesus, thank you for being there even though we question our faith to you daily. At the end of the day everything here is all lifted up to you.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ROBIN AND ANGEL ROQUE
IN MEMORIAM (+)
JOSE LORENZO A. TAN
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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