28th of January (English)

Publié le 27 Janvier 2017

Scripture:

Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?" 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" 41 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"

 

The application

 

I would like apply today’s gospel in a practical way than spiritualization.  We all have such terrible moments in life, and sometime they over take or over power us. In such moments, we should apply all our energy to fight for it and when all the means are dried up, then it’s the right time to cry out to the Lord, always with the hope, that He will show us the right way to come out of it.  

Many of us look for miracles outside of us and the Lord loves to work inner miracle.  This inner miracle is possible only if we learn to look everything as a means to climb up in life, sometime positively in looking forward everything which go in the right direction, as wished by us and many at times negatively, when things go utterly wrong and terrible. The Lord never sleeps. These winds and terrible moments will certainly are like a fire that purifies us and will boost us for further move, provided we accept it and learn to look them with a right perceptive, without being discouraged or broken.

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

 

Awakening the Christ asleep within you, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.

"When you have to listen to abuse, that means you are being buffeted by the wind. When your anger is roused, you are being tossed by the waves. So when the winds blow and the waves mount high, the boat is in danger, your heart is imperiled, your heart is taking a battering. On hearing yourself insulted, you long to retaliate; but the joy of revenge brings with it another kind of misfortune - shipwreck. Why is this? Because Christ is asleep in you. What do I mean? I mean you have forgotten his presence. Rouse him, then; remember him, let him keep watch within you, pay heed to him... A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the sea. This is the moment to awaken Christ and let him remind you of those words: 'Who can this be? Even the winds and the sea obey him." (excerpt from Sermons 63:1-3)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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