12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today is a stormy kind of Sunday! In the first reading, we see Job caught in a spiritual crisis. His friends have ridiculed him for his unfailing faith and trust in God. Job has begun to wonder why God has allowed so many disasters to befall him. He’s wondering what God’s plan might be for him. What was the reason for his suffering? He’s caught in a storm of doubt.
In this passage, God reveals his power and majesty through a series of poetic images. Who shut the doors of the sea when it burst forth from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness it swaddling bands? The bottom line is this. God is telling him: Job, look and see. I created everything, and I maintain its existence! Do you think you can ever fathom the depth of my wisdom? Trust me, Job!
The gospel passage, Mark’s account of the storm at sea, pictures Jesus sleeping at the stern of the boat when a sudden squall threatens to sink it. Terrified, the disciples wake him up. He simply tells the wind to cease and the water to calm. But he’s concerned: Why are you terrified? Do you not have faith yet? Jesus is reassuring them. Storms will always come. You’ll be safe. I’m with you even when you think I’m sleeping. Just trust me.
Let’s connect these two passages using Saint Paul’s message to the Corinthians. Here, he articulates the dynamic nature of redemption. Redemption isn’t an event of the past. Jesus’ sacrificial love is eternally being poured out for every person who ever was, is, and will be. It’s a redeeming love.
Today we’re being asked to trust Jesus and to fearlessly model in our lives his sacrificial love, even amid our personal storms. United with him in this way, we’ll partake in his work of redemption.
Let Us Pray:
Lord Jesus, trusting in your love, I consecrate myself to your Sacred Heart. Use me as a vehicle of your redemptive love. Help me to live no longer for myself but others.
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