Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Book of Job 38:1, 8-11, Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31,
2 Corinthians 5:14-17, & Mark 4:35-41
First, I wish every dad, granddad, godfather, uncle, and every father figure a very Happy Father’s Day. Second, may Saint Joseph, the patron saint of fathers, continue to inspire you as a role model in the lives of all who love you.
There is a story about a woman seated next to a priest on an airplane during a violent storm. The plane was bouncing up and down, and some of the passengers were screaming. The woman turned to the priest next to her and said, “Can’t you do something about this awful storm?” The priest looked at her and pointed his finger upward, and said, “I’m in sales, not management.”
In today’s Gospel narrative, the disciples were in the Sea of Galilee when they, too, were terrified during a violent storm. Jesus, asleep in the boat, was awakened as they asked for His help. Since Jesus is the “Management,” He could control and quiet the storm. His words were simple, “Quiet! Be still!”
I believe that fear is applicable in both times of great crisis and ordinary trial. The reason is simple; fear plays a role in all of our lives. For example, we may not have enough money to pay our bills or have enough to eat. We are afraid of many things, even though many of our fears will never come to pass. We are scared of accidents, long-term illness, being a victim of a crime, rumors, unemployment, old age, being late, being early, the list is endless.
But what are we afraid of and why? In our Gospel narrative, the disciples were “terrified” of drowning. Wait a minute—weren’t most men of the sea? Certainly, they have been in their boats during stormy seas before. But they sought our Lord’s help, and He gave it to them. A message He provides to all of us today. Or are we people of little faith?
In many cases, it is difficult to have faith when we are faced with the unknown. Last Tuesday, I spoke to many of our eighth-grade graduating class on this very subject. I told them that they would face many new challenges throughout their lives. In many cases, there would be “stormy seas,” and their faith in God will help them overcome anything that they might face.
It’s the same with faith journeys. Our responsibilities do not end with the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. It is a lifelong journey culminating in the reward of God’s Heavenly Kingdom.
Friends, all of us are like the priest on the airplane advising the terrified woman. We are the messengers and salesmen selling Christ’s Good News to the world. Our Lord God is the “management,” giving us the tools and abilities to achieve our task of living a “Christ-like” life.
The fear that the disciples experienced in today’s Gospel is no different from the fear we experience in our lives. “Quiet! Be still!” We, too, must be awed by He who is in charge and is managing everything. Have Faith!
Question of the Day: How will you manage the challenges in life utilizing your complete faith in God?
Prayer: “Give thanks to the Lord; His love is everlasting.” (Psalm 107)