On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 28, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do you know the time and day of your passing? Do you think it is years from now? If we are blessed with a long life it is only so that we might save our souls by repenting for our sins and to save the souls of as many as we can.  Let us not be found wanting or unprepared when we meet the Lord our God.  It could be today, tomorrow or day after. Certainly sooner than we think.

Should we be fearful? Why would we be? Unless we have not grown in our faith and in our loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. For when we have, we know for certain that He is the resurrection and the life! And we will live faithfully in the joy and hope of our very own resurrection through Him. For He the Lord our God had promised eternal life with Him.

Lord Jesus, violent storms  can come in an instant without warning. But with You at my side I face unafraid, come what may. Jesus I place all my trust in You. Amen

First reading
Amos 3:1-8,4:11-12

Listen, sons of Israel, to this oracle the Lord speaks against you, against the whole family I brought out of the land of Egypt:

You alone, of all the families of earth, have I acknowledged,
therefore it is for all your sins that I mean to punish you.

Do two men take the road together if they have not planned to do so?

Does the lion roar in the jungle
if no prey has been found?

Does the young lion growl in his lair if he has captured nothing?

Does the bird fall to the ground if no trap has been set?

Does the snare spring up from the ground if nothing has been caught?

Does the trumpet sound in the city without the populace becoming alarmed?

Does misfortune come to a city if the Lord has not sent it?

No more does the Lord do anything without revealing his plans to his servants the prophets.

The lion roars: who can help feeling afraid?

The Lord speaks: who can refuse to prophesy?

I overthrew you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a brand snatched from the blaze; and yet you never came back to me.

It is the Lord who speaks.

This therefore, Israel, is what I plan to do to you, and because I am going to do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God!

Gospel
Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus got into the boat followed by his disciples. Without warning a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But he was asleep. So they went to him and woke him saying, ‘Save us, Lord, we are going down!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?’ And with that he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and all was calm again. The men were astounded and said, ‘Whatever kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him.’

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