Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God.


 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Quiet! Be still!”

 Opening Prayer

Storms of all kind challenge us, Gracious God. Whenever we experience them, help us to turn to you, confident of Your Presence and Love. We ask this through the abiding presence of Jesus, our Risen Lord and the strength given by the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Reading

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4.38)

 

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, God calms the water and answers the prayers of those who call out to him for help. But we all know from the uncertainty and turmoil of the last Covid infested year that God does not always act so promptly God does not always bring the sun back out and make the sea and the wind obey Him.
 
So the point of the Gospel can’t simply be that God will provide smooth sailing in all our days, if we but ask. Rather, from the point of view of the disciples in the boat, Jesus seemed to be indifferent to their plight. Mark tells us that the wind was ferocious, the boat was taking on water and Jesus was asleep. “Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?
 
“What they did not understand , and what was really the message of the Gospel is that we are not alone to face the ravages of illness, the possibility of death, the disturbance of our ordinary lives. God may seem to be silent, asleep or indifferent to our needs. But knowing and believing that God is with us in these stormy times can give us a calm deep inside that no storm can disturb. God does not jump ship. God is in the stern from where you steer the ship.
 

Closing Prayer

    Tender God, as summer unfolds and our country seems to find improvement in our post- Covid lives, help us to continue to believe in your abiding presence. To the extent that our lives have become different in this last year, may we trust that you will help us grow in new ways and adapt to circumstances not of our own making. Teach us to continue our concern for people in the boat with us. We pray in hope and confidence. Amen.   

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