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Showing posts with label peace. Show all posts

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Reflection 2021-06-20 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 38:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41
One of the things we have lost these days is the sense of awe of God. We have forgotten how powerful God is, which is why our idea of God is someone who is weak and who tolerates sin. This is why some Catholics today think that being a Catholic is to be a nice person and not hurt anyone. Yet Scripture repeatedly tells us and shows us the power of God.
In the First Reading, God responds to Job and asks: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? The Apostles’ Creed begins with I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. This statement alone should make us pause and think of the power of God. Billions and billions of stars in the sky, the sun, the earth, the conditions for life on earth, any human body, all these were created by God, by his Word! Imagine the power of God, to create all things out of nothing by one Word.
The Gospel also shows us the power of Jesus over the storm. With a word, Jesus calms the storm: Peace, be still. This is appropriate especially in this time of pandemic. The past year has caused a lot of chaos in many lives. People have lost their jobs, their livelihood and some, even their loved one. It seemed God does not care. And similar to the disciples, we may have asked Jesus Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? Indeed, when things happen to us, that we cannot explain, we doubt whether God cares. This is a normal response and God understands this. But instead of answering our question, Jesus wakes up, rebukes the wind and says to it: Peace, be still.
God is not accountable to us. He does not answer to us and he can do whatever he wants. So we have no right to question God. Yet, our faith tells us we can ask him, because he has adopted us as his sons and daughters. He is our Father who loves us and understands us, who will provide for our needs, who will protect us and make sure we have eternal life – when we respond to his call to repent and believe him.
St Paul tells us, from now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view. Even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer I that way. So if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. We need to change our perspective of Jesus so we can be surprised when God reveals his power to us. We will be amazed by what God can do when we surrender our lives to him and let him take charge of our life.
Are you in financial trouble? Obey God on how he wants you to handle your finances. Are you going through life without direction? Obey God on how he wants you to handle your life. Are you troubled and suffering? Surrender these to God and listen to what he has to say. Let God be God and let us be who we are before him: nothing, helpless, and worthless. It is only then that we become a new creation, powerful and worthy, because God is the One who does great things for us.
Lord, here I am. Take charge of my life. Take charge of my finances. Take charge of my suffering and sickness. Do as you will so I can be surprised by the power of your name.

Sunday, May 31, 2020