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28.06.2022 — Pray in Dark Moments

Posted under Reflections on June 28th, 2022 by

13th Week in Ord. Time, Tuesday – 28th June 2022 — Gospel: Mt 8, 23-27

Pray in Dark Moments

In Matthew 8 we find Jesus cleansed a leper, healed a centurion’s servant, and healed many at the house of Peter. He was truly a physical healer. Now towards the end of chapter 8, we also see his power over nature, even the winds and the seas obeyed him. The cry of the people in the boat, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” is a prayer that echoes Psalm 130, 1-2 “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications”. It is a prayer offered at the darkest times of one’s lives, when we feel completely powerless to help ourselves. Jesus sleeping in the midst of a storm is a very powerful image of God’s sovereignty over even the darkest times in our lives. He is ever present, even though he is not awake. St. Therese of Lisieux used to meditate often this passage in times of her inner confusion or darkness. Yet she wouldn’t feel the need to wake the Lord. Instead, she felt comfortable and said it was just enough to sit beside him as Jesus slept.

27.06.2022 — Promised Rewards

Posted under Reflections on June 26th, 2022 by

13th Week in Ord. Time, Monday – 27th June 2022 — Gospel: Mt 8, 18-22

Promised Rewards

As Jesus orders his disciples to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, two different would-be disciples express their desire to go with him. The problem with both is that they have not sufficiently considered the cost of discipleship. Perhaps their enthusiasm is due to witnessing Jesus’ miracles, but neither realizes the itinerant nature of the mission or the urgency of the call. Anyone who desires ‘to be with him’ has to ‘follow him’. ‘Following Jesus’ means precisely ‘to be with him’ till the end. The phrase ‘following Jesus’ assures two rewards for the apostles personally: ‘to sit upon the twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel along with the Son of man’ and ‘to receive in hundred-fold for all earthly losses along with the inheritance of eternal life’ (Mt 19:28-29). Sometimes the crowds too ‘followed him’ but temporarily and they were never with him. Therefore, ‘being’ a true disciple of Jesus and ‘following him’ amount to the same.

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