On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 28, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Jesus is the Lord of sea and sky what have we to fear? If we do fear perhaps the Lord seems to absent in our lives? Is He then fast asleep in our lives?

For in our own busyness we have chosen not to awake Him through prayer. We have refused to enter into His presence through His Word. We have made no time for the Lord our God. Have we then decided that we can resist all temptation and sin on our own and so have no need for the sacraments? With the easing of restrictions have we rushed to gather as One to pray and to share the joy of the Gospel? Or have we rushed for our own entertainment and enjoyment?

If we have been faithfully living in our Lord’s presence then we will never have to wait for a catastrophe to strike before we call on Him; for we know He is already with us. That He will surely save us and even if we die, we will rise in Him.

Lead me, O Lord, in your justice. Amen

Saint Irenaeus pray for us…

First reading

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

It is for all your sins that I mean to punish you

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 rebuked the winds and the seas, and all was calm

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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