As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?
Reflection. Today’s gospel reading is a great one. As if our Lord Jesus need proof that he was God incarnate, the disciples, in their human form still needed proof as to His divinity, proof that he was the God-man. It also is put into words, that as humans, even after 2000 years, are words that we can relate to. So many times in our Earthly lives, trials and tribulations are put before us, and many times we look at them with fear, with panic, with hopelessness. But as Christians, we should not have this fear! Death is something that we constantly worry about, something in which we dread. Obstacles and tribulations in life are looked upon with fear. But to this I say, quite bluntly- BRING IT ON! For it is through Christ that anything is possible. Jesus also tells us in Matthew 5:11:
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
You see, being a Christian is not easy. There will be obstacles in our way, and there will be times that we think we cannot make it. But if we stay true to the Truth, that is the teachings of the Christ, we can make it through anything. In many reflections past I have stated that when trouble or hardship arises, you must not turn away from our Lord, but turn TO Him. For where there is rough seas, our Lord is there. Through God all things are possible, and His sacred Heart bleeds profusely in that so many do not turn to Him. As humans, we are prone to sin, but the blessed sacrament of repentance, on which we so often times choose to ignore, is there for us. Not to make us feel better about ourselves and our transgressions, but to make us more holy, that is, bring us closer to His ever-lasting love. If we are to truly live with Christ in our lives, that is “Christocentric”, we must never cease to pray, reflect, and proclaim. We must not be afraid, where-ever we are to proclaim the Gospel when asked, and to bless His holy name. In this month’s prayer intentions, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks us to pray for the Churches, mostly in Asia, for there is much persecution and lack of religious freedom. Even in the Church in places like the United States, the Church faces many obstacles in the legalization of abortion/infanticide, and the current rulings on traditional marriage. We must never cease to take time in the day, through the liturgy of the hours, or the rosary, or communion, or in prayer to dedicate our lives to the living God, that being Jesus Christ. For you see, He did not perish, but was resurrected, so that through Him and in Him, we may have everlasting life. Death is just an obstacle to bring us into His Sacred Heart. God Bless! ~CJA
I offer you the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity,
of Your Dearly Beloved Son,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
in atonement for our sins
and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.