12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Though Christ may seem to be asleep, he is with us at every moment of our lives.
Grant, O Lord,
that we may always revere and love your holy name,
for you never deprive of your guidance
those you set firm on the foundation of your love.
This week’s readings, including the Psalm and Gospel in our Prego leaflet, reveal a God with power. As God’s creatures, the forces of nature listen to and obey the voice of their Creator. Though the storms of fear and doubt may have played more significant roles in our lives during this past year, God’s love continues to speak to us with words of calm, as it did to Job (First Reading).
It is the love of Christ, not the storm, which ‘overwhelms us’
This love is shown in the Gospel, when Jesus ‘rebukes the wind’ and the wind and waves obey. He is revealing something about his divine nature. ‘Who can this be?’ the disciples are led to ask as they are filled with awe. Their question may also be seeking a faith response in us as well.
Let’s begin to ponder our own responses with the help of these scripture passages. Although we may yet be experiencing storms blowing around and within us, let’s listen for that strong, yet calm voice, which brings with it peace and security. We may want to pray that the voice of the psalmist may echo throughout our lives in the coming week: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever’.
Who pent up the sea behind closed doors? First Reading
He stilled the storm to a whisper. Psalm
For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation. Second Reading
‘Why are you so frightened?’ Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to explore further:
Job 38: 1.8–11; Psalm 106 (107); 2 Corinthians 5: 14–17; Mark 4: 35–41
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