Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 4, 35-41
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Out to sea
1) Crossing to the other shore: Your life has challenges, and if today you tell me that you are fine like this and that there is nothing to do… I tell you that you are wrong and not paying attention. Every day and every year you have new challenges in life. You have to cross to the other side, keep going, do not get out of the boat. Today, to cross to the other shore, is to work on your life; from getting up in the morning and combing your hair, to going out for a walk down the street and feeling that life is beautiful. Go! Get ready! Play a nice song that encourages you; that lifts your spirit; invite a friend over,etc … there are many things to do today, that are “crossing to the other shore”. You are a child of God! You have many challenges, but the great challenge is you! Charge up your batteries and move forward. Do not become stagnate; navigate through this life and keep looking for what you’re dreaming of, and what you want in life. Take a chance on living well; open the windows of your room and let the sunshine in; breathe in that good air. Get out of your daily confinement; that routine that is holding you back and feels like it’s killing you.
2) A strong gale: Everything has its risks, and if you make decisions in life and go for it, often, you will have moments of storms. The one who takes chances as they walk through this life, will have some storms to deal with. Sure, you pass through it and you’ll survive it. When I chose to become a priest, I went through storms; when I chose to evangelize on social networks, I also went through storms… I even felt like I was sinking. But it’s good to take risks and try: like you… I’m even sure that those two characteristics that the apostles experienced happen to you sometimes: they felt like they were sinking and that Jesus didn’t even appear or care. It’s like they go hand in hand. Maybe today you feel like this: sinking and without God. Search your heart! Fight it, force yourself not to sink, and pray to God to wake up; to help you and give you the strength not to sink. Don’t stop begging him.
3) Calm: Sooner or later the calm comes. In this journey, that is your life, there is a 50% that depends on you and another 50%, on God. Do things with God. Do not expect Him to do everything, and do not believe yourself to be all powerful: believing that you can do everything alone. Today, I will repeat throughout the day: “Lord wake me up and Lord, wake up!” I would rather fight to not sink in the middle of the journey, than to sink just because I am stagnant. Keep going! Life passes quickly.
God-bless you in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today please pray for Guatemala and the orphans at Valle De Los Angeles, and remember heaven is our goal !