JUNE 20, 2021 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading: Job 38:1,8-11
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
In today's gospel, Jesus showed His disciples one very special mark of true love that of being present, especially when storms of life arise. He was there to calm their fears and wash away their tears. How consoling to have someone say "Be still" when our hearts are weeping and our spirits are breaking. God is our loving Father. May we also be loving, or at least be present to one another.
Notice how Jesus challenged His disciples when He told them to "cross to the other side." He challenged them to go out of their comfort zones, to leave familiar shores, and to engage in mission. Notice, too, how he did not take over right away to calm the storm, but first let His disciples come to Him, wake Him up and ask for His help. He again shows us that true love does not spoil, but challenges, the beloved. True love does not dictate, but respects, waits, and believes in the goodness and capacity of the beloved.
"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46, 10). May this powerful message of the Lord calm us and assure us that He is present, that He is in control, and that He is the God of all. Don't be burdened with worries or turn to despair. He is our Father who sees everything, knows everything, and will take care of everything and everyone!
Prayer: Lord thank you for being present with us always, and in all ways. Amen.