Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (II) (27th January, 2018) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt Mem)
Ps 50:12-17 (R. v.12)
Topic: Wake Him up.
In the psalm we read that God does neither sleep nor slumber, (cf. Ps 121:3, 4) unlike the watchmen of Israel whom the prophet describes as blind, and without knowledge; dumb dogs who cannot bark; dreamers who are lying down, and lovers of sleep, cf. Is 56:10. But in today’s gospel, while crossing to the other side in a boat with His disciples, “A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion ....” (Mk 4:37-38a). When they woke Him, He calmed the wind and the sea and queried: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mk 4:40). Whether God sleeps or not will not be of any benefit to us in this homily.
At different points in our lives one may think that God is no longer aware of what is happening in the world or has suddenly become uninterested. Sometimes one may even be tempted to question whether He still exist and is still God.
Although things may have gone contrary to your expectations but do not turn to either right or left. What you really need is to wake Jesus up. When those in the boat with Jesus woke Him up they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” cf. Mk 4:41. So what are you waiting for? That trouble comes one’s way does not mean that God is far from him or her. Wake Him up. He has given us His word: “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Ps 50:15).
Bible Reading: Ps 125; Eph 3:20-21.
Thought for today: It is still the same Jesus.
Let us pray: God, open our eyes to see your hand at work – Amen.
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