Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 21 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Job 38:1, 8-11
Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The theme of our Scripture readings this Sunday might be stated as "overcoming fear through trust."
In the first reading, Job has lost his trust in God's justice because of his terrible afflictions, and he is about to demand that God give an explanation for treating His servant so unjustly. At that point, God speaks to Job "out of the storm," calming Job's anger, and reducing his complaining to silence. Today's reading gives us a mere fragment of a much longer speech in which God says to Job, "Gird up your loins like a man . . . will you condemn me that you may be justified?" Job, aware of his lack of trust in the Almighty, cries out, ". . . "I repent in dust and ashes!"
The setting of the Gospel is a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. Even though Jesus is with them, asleep in the boat, they awaken Him in their great fear, and like Job, they reproach Him with the complaint, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus immediately calms the sea, and the storm ceases! Then He, in turn, rebukes His disciples for their lack of faith in His power.
The most reasonable human beings are afraid of storms. The people of New Orleans and surrounding areas have still not recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Even more frightening are the storms that beset us in the form of constant attacks on Americans by Islamic terrorists. We need to fear most of all the "storms" that are caused by those in our own society who systematically undermine the moral dignity of all life, and little by little are removing laws which were designed to protect the lives of the unborn and the helpless, and the consciences of religious people who seek to live by their faith.
God urges us this Sunday to stir up our faith in His power to bring right order and harmony to the disorderly times in which we live. There is nothing that a rocklike faith cannot overcome. And fear not! God is not asleep! He expects us first to calm the disorder in our souls. Then He, the Lord of the universe, can calm the fierce storms that are beyond our control.
On this Fathers' Day, we need to pray for all fathers whose roles reflect the protective and nourishing role of God Himself toward their children and their spouses. We pray that they will show firm and steady love, wise and understanding care always. We pray also for fathers who are deceased or absent, that we will always pray for them, and forgive them for any hurts we bear because of weakness or neglect on their parts. In turn, we pray that God will help them forgive us any neglect or lack of love we showed them while they were with us.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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