Gospel and readings 20.6.21

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 95

Reading I

The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said:
Who shut within doors the sea,
when it burst forth from the womb;
when I made the clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling bands?
When I set limits for it
and fastened the bar of its door,
and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stilled!

Responsorial Psalm

R. (1b) Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
They who sailed the sea in ships,
trading on the deep waters,
These saw the works of the LORD
and his wonders in the abyss.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
His command raised up a storm wind
which tossed its waves on high.
They mounted up to heaven; they sank to the depths;
their hearts melted away in their plight.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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.
R. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading II

Brothers and sisters:
The love of Christ impels us,
once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;
therefore, all have died.
He indeed died for all,
so that those who live might no longer live for themselves
but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh,
yet now we know him so no longer.
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.

Alleluia

R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
A great prophet has risen in our midst
God has visited his people.
R.    Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
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?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Reflection

From Catholic Daily Reflections.com

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.  Mark 4:37–39

This passage is what we may call a “prophetic action” on the part of Jesus.  His action of calming the storm is a way of speaking to us about our own lives.

The first thing to reflect upon is that Jesus was there in the center of the storm.  He was on the boat while the waves came crashing over.  But the key is that He was there.  This tells us that whenever we experience a “storm” in our lives, Jesus is there in the midst of it.  He is not far away; rather, He is right there.

But we also notice that He is asleep.  One thing we can take from this is that Jesus awaits our prayer.  He waits for us to turn to Him in the midst of the storm.  That must be our first thought whenever we feel overwhelmed or challenged by life’s circumstances.

Notice that the “prayer” of the Apostles is similar to how we may pray at times.  “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  So often we turn to God saying, “Lord, where are You?  Why are You not helping?”  But we should know that God is often silent as a way of calling us to Himself so that we turn to Him in trust and confidence.  Jesus took their prayer and responded.

His response was simply to manifest His authority over the storm.  He rebuked it and said, “Quiet!  Be still!”  With that, the storm had no ability to continue and all was calm.

We must know that Jesus did this so that we would have confidence that He can handle any hardship we face.  There is no storm too great for Him.  Nothing He cannot handle.

Reflect, today, on what frightens you the most each day.  What is it that shakes your faith?  Turn to Jesus in the midst of that and know He is there ready to bring peace and calm.

Lord, I invite You into my life and into my storm.  I know You can do all things, so I beg for Your peace and calm in my heart.  Help me to always turn to You.  Jesus, I trust in You.