Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (30th January, 2021) on the Gospel

(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem.)


Heb 11:1-2.8-19;

Lk 1:69-75 (R. cf. v.68);

Mk 4:35-41.

Topic: Wake Him up.

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).

At different points in one’s life it looks as if God is no longer aware of what is happening in the world or has suddenly become uninterested. Sometimes one might even be tempted to question whether He still exist and is still God.

Although things might 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.

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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