Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
5 Cardinal Rules for Life
1.) Make peace with your past....so it won’t disturb your present.
2.) What other people think of you...is none of your business.
3.) Time heals almost everything....give it time.
4.) No one is in charge of your happiness....except you.
5.) Don’t compare your life to others.....and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
Gospel Meditation - June 20, 2021
“Let us cross to the other side”
As we look at our lives and world events, do we ever find ourselves wondering if God is sleeping? After all, maybe God’s patient, unconditional love has run its course and He is finally fed up with humanity’s reluctance to accept the truth about who we are. God really can’t be that patient! All throughout human history, many have prayed to God for intervention or for particular needs. Because their prayers were not answered in the way they wanted or anticipated, they felt that God may have abandoned them. Were they right? It seems that we are continuing, at a rapid rate, down a path of destruction. Do you not care, God, that we may be perishing? When the boats of our lives are rocking and the seas tumultuous, we want to know that we have God’s attention. Even more so, we want God’s intervention.
Maybe the storms and the waves are necessary. If we listen, they can teach us valuable lessons. Without them, we would never learn that we have the strength to endure, understand the uselessness of fear and worry, or develop the ability to really trust. If God immediately rushed in and simply calmed things down before they got difficult, what good would that really be? We would miss opportunities to learn how to drink more deeply of life, treasure its complexity, irony, and beauty and fully engage ourselves in surrendering to the love of our Creator. It is easy to walk on the surface of life without immersing ourselves in its messiness. Life has to burn its way through us in order to bring us to a place of secure trust. It’s unfortunate that some prefer a shallower journey.
That’s the balancing act that comes with faith. It is not God’s job to prevent us from encountering the torrential rains and winds of life. Many believe that if faith is done the right way, that God will provide for smooth sailing. That’s not how it works. God permits us to ride out the difficult stuff knowing that the storm will eventually be calmed. Do we not have faith that God will do this? True faith trusts in the steadfastness of God’s love when the seas are calm and when they are choppy. God’s unconditional loving presence shines through all of it and endures forever. Knowing this allows us to put our boats out into unchartered waters without hesitation. Knowing that we prefer the comfort and safety of what we know to be still waters, how do we feel when Jesus says, “Let us cross to the other side”?
Who shut within doors the sea . . . and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther!
(Job 38: 1, 11)
If you’ve ever been to a beach, you’ve probably seen children trying to build sand castles near the shoreline. They work hard piling up buckets of sand, sometimes making quite an impressive structure. But no matter what they do, the tide still comes in and their sandy structure is washed away.
That might be how the disciples felt as they tried to ride out the storm in today’s Gospel. Seasoned fishermen, they tried to adapt to the strong winds and high seas. But no matter what they did, they couldn’t make the storm go away. Then something drastically changed their situation: the One who “shut within doors the sea” - Jesus - rebuked the wind and calmed the storm (Job 38:1; Mark 4:39).
The disciples learned a lesson that day similar to the one God taught Job. When we rely only on our own strength or understanding, we human beings can do only so much, but Jesus’ power is limitless. While Jesus does have dominion over all creation, that doesn’t have to make us feel unimportant and it doesn’t have to make God seem like an indifferent almighty force. Instead, this reality should give us hope. Why? Because in the storms of our lives, when the “seas” seem out of control and our insufficiency is painfully clear, He is in the boat with us! He is not aloof; he cares for each one of us. He is concerned about every one of our circumstances.
Does that mean every storm we face will be calmed? Not necessarily. Sometimes Jesus calms the storms and sometimes he calms us. Either way, we can rely on the fact that this all-powerful God is right there “in the boat” with us. And that can give us peace and help us through the hard times.
“Jesus, I trust that you are with me. May that knowledge give me peace no matter what storms I face.”
(May Edition - The Word Among Us)