Don’t look back …

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Jesus says to us :”Hold on there, don’t give up. Trust Me, it will be ok! Just sit still and listen, listen to ME”

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Both readings are full of a “wake up call” for TRUST in the Lord. 

“What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Do we know recognize Him in the events of our life?  We read, hear and see scripture almost daily, and yet, what is our reality of Jesus?

Reading 1GN 19:15-29

As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told:
“Flee for your life!
Don’t look back or stop anywhere on the Plain.
Get off to the hills at once, or you will be swept away.”

How many times have we looked back on the past, and it usually to relive past hurts, sad memories or the guilt of our sins, even if they have been forgiven.  These is a message for us.  Trust, God has a plan for us, we need only to trust and believe that things happen to make us stronger in our faith and trust.  This is the hard part, the “unknown” of our future.  We say ” why did this happen; why did God do this to me; etc.”

“Oh, no, my lord!” Lot replied,
“You have already thought enough of your servant
to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life.
Sometimes God gives us an opening to something better, but because we don’t trust Him, we say no to a new opportunity, relationship, ministry.  We become satisfied and comfortable in the way things are and we praise God for His goodness, and we can come up with excuses and even give God suggestions that we think would be better for us.
But I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me,
and so I shall die. 
Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to.
It’s only a small place.
Let me flee there–it’s a small place, is it not?–
that my life may be saved.”
“Well, then,” he replied,
“I will also grant you the favor you now ask.
I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 
Hurry, escape there!
But Lot’s wife looked back,and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

OK, so He heard you and let you do what you wanted or thought was “better” for you.  Was it?  Is it?  There is no looking back … remember Lot’s wife?

Responsorial PsalmPS 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12

R.(3a) O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Search me, O LORD, and try me;
test my soul and my heart.
For your mercy is before my eyes,
and I walk in your truth.
But I walk in integrity;
redeem me, and have mercy on me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the assemblies I will bless the LORD.

Gospel MT 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed
him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
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BE STILL! Trust in Jesus to calm your storms, especially the you look back on!

They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Tuesday July 2nd

 

download (1).jpgMatthew 8:23-27

During the storm, Jesus’ disciples cried out to the Lord in desperation: “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” This is a de profundis prayer. Do you know the de profundis prayer? It comes from Psalm 130: “Out of the depths, I have cried to you, O Lord. O Lord, be attentive to the voice of my pleading.” It is the prayer offered at the darkest times of life, when we feel utterly incapable of helping ourselves.
Perhaps there are some people reading this right now who feel themselves in this precise situation. Perhaps you’re reading these words from your hospital bed where you are recovering painfully from surgery, or where you’ve just received some devastating news. Perhaps you find yourself caught in a terrible, unrelenting depression. Maybe you’ve just lost a loved one, and you’re awash in a sea of grief.
If that’s you, then pray as the disciples did. Awaken someone who can help. Jesus sleeping in the midst of the storm is a very powerful symbol of God’s sovereignty over even the darkest and most difficult trials that life throws at us.