Reflection for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
18 Jun 2021

The power of a stormy sea is overwhelming and can become a frightening ordeal.  We all have experienced fear, so we can appreciate the plight of the apostles in the storm-tossed boat.  We can thoroughly connect with this story today, when we look at our own lives and the troubles, disappointments and misfortunes that come our way from time to time and severely test our faith.  And when we turn then to God in prayer, and if God does not give an immediate answer to our prayer, we lose heart, panic and have a frightening sense of drowning beneath the waves of despair.  We want God to justify himself for what he does or fails to do., to account to us for his creation.  There are mysteries in nature beyond our solving and suffering is one of them.  Remember, God did not take away suffering and death, even from his own Son.  There can be no answer to these questions except one inspired by faith and faith is what we lack.  Today‚Äôs gospel should give us hope.  It shows us that Jesus is always near, hidden in the heart of suffering.  It calls on us to have faith and to take Jesus seriously because he alone can give us courage and inner peace which casts out fear on the stormy voyage of life.  If only we realize that our loving God is with us we have the power to dispel all the fears that come our way.