DO NOT BE AFRAID!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Tuesday 28 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”                                (Matthew 8: 23-27)

How shall I live this Word?  

Jesus sleeps peacefully while all the unleashed elements of nature risk precipitating the situation and determining, in addition to the sudden stop of the crossing, also the end of those who are making it.

In the midst of the upheavals of life, the desire to wake Him up for Him to intervene spontaneously arises. Jesus, awakened from sleep, reconstitutes the momentarily disturbed harmony with His Word and asks the disciples, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?”

Here, this is our problem, not being able to activate the sense of faith in the midst of the many crises that history presents to us!

Lord, we who thought you were asleep, wake up our faith, increase it, so that we can continue to sow the Gospel in the great and small difficulties we are experiencing, and continue the journey of life with faith, hope, and love. So be it!

The Voice of Pope Francis   Discourse 27 March 2020

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith yet?” The beginning of faith is knowing that we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient, alone; alone we sink. We need the Lord like the ancient sailors navigating with the stars. We invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to Him, so that He may overcome them. Like the disciples, we will experience that, with Him on board, there is no shipwreck. Because this is the strength of God, to turn everything that happens to us to good, even bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God, life never dies.

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