“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” (Mark 4:35-41).
In a letter to Miss Theodorine Thomas, Saint Peter Julian writes: You must certainly expect some thorns, because at such a time, self-interest often manifests itself full force. If you soften the thorns in the fire of charity, you might even burn them away. You want real news about my health. I am suffering rheumatic pains caused by gout; sometimes more, sometimes less. The doctor said it would last, to go either to the country or to the springs… I recommend myself to your prayers. We pray very poorly when we are ill. (Volume 6, Life & Letters, page 272).
This letter from our spiritual father captivated me with his insight on self-interest manifesting itself. It reminded me of the first reading and David’s self-interest escalating to putting Uriah in harm’s way, causing his death. Our vocational call, our charism, to make the love of God known in the Eucharist is driven by our time spent in prayer. There we experience the presence of Jesus in our churches. He responds to our needs in an instant. He quiets our storms and brings us into the stillness of his love. Peace is found there. Charity, Jesus’ love, burns away our self-interest and creates a clean heart for us as we hear in today’s psalm, “softening the thorns.” We pray poorly when ill, whether physical or spiritual. Inviting others to pray for us takes us to the other side, to the country or springs, out of self thus united to another.
Do we invite others into our lives? Do we rise when called upon to help calm the storm for others?
Let Us Pray:
Jesus, you care that we are perishing and make yourself available to us at every moment. Thank you, Lord, for the outpouring of your love. And for the gift of self, you gave to us so we may live in the inner cenacle of the kingdom of heaven now through the Eucharist.
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