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TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B)
First Reading: Job: 38 1, 8 - 11
Responsorial Psalm: 107:23 – 24, 25 – 26, 28 – 29, 30 - 31
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14 - 17
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35 - 41
Reflection: In today’s Responsorial Psalm we read, “Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.” How much love have I received from God? Have I truly experienced God’s love? If so, have I been truly and wholly thankful to Him? These and more a profound questions each of us needs to ask ourselves personally and collectively. In today’s Gospel reading, the disciples were so much frightened by a violent squall which came up and caused so strong waves of water when they were sailing. The waves were breaking the boat so that the water was filling up. At that time Jesus was fast asleep in the boat. Fear engulfed the disciples and they did not know what to do except going to wake up
Jesus by shouting to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus woke up and immediately rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and the sea was great calm. Through Jesus’ word, the situation was rectified. Everything changed from chaos and threats to peacefulness, from darkness to light, from unmanageable to manageable. Wow! It is amazing grace. In today’s First Reading, 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?” In both readings, God is clearly manifests that He is all powers, He is
almighty. There is no any principalities which can surpass the power of God. Jesus calms down the storm which threatened to destroy the disciples just by his word. The Lord invites Job to realize that it was him who created heavens and earth and put everything where they belong whether the sea or the dry land by the power of his word. We are all called to have faith in God and recognize him to be in charge of every situation we can think of. Most of the times we are crowned by ignorance and arrogance to think that we are in control of our affairs. We want to exclude God not to interfere with our plans of life. When we are successful in our own life, we want to take all credits as we say, “I am a hard working person. I am smart. I am not lazy like others.” We blind ourselves and
exclude Him from the equation of our success. Even when we believe on the power of God, a number of times we allow fears to reign in our lives and forget to invoke His powerful name. In the time of great need, the disciples woke him up from sleep. They invoked his name. They sought his intervention. Jesus responded to them and calmed the stormed. Let’s turn to God all the times knowing that he is all powers as we join today’s psalmist praying: “Give thank to the Lord, for his love is everlasting.” Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine.

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