12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

1st Reading: Job 38:1, 8-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 107
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

Theme: Quiet! Be still!


Life is not a bed of roses nay life isn’t all rosy and cozy but one beset with many challenges and problems. Indeed a problem-free life is an illusion- a mirage in the desert. Every living human being has a challenge. As a matter of fact storms are part and parcel of human existence. Our readings for today’s liturgy draw our attention to the realities of life and how to deal with them.

Explanation of the text

In both our first reading and the Gospel we read how God and Jesus rebuked Job and the disciples respectively for displaying lack of faith in the midst of stormy situations.

What then is storm? A storm is defined as any event or occurrence that has the potential or capacity of either derailing or enhancing your progress in life, for example accident, loss or a loved one or job, failure, sickness, divorce, natural disasters like fire, flood, etc and death of a loved one.

Have you ever experienced storms in your life? Those times where things just didn’t make sense. Times where your problems seemed so big and your faith seemed so small. Times where you felt so swamped and so afraid that you were going to be taken over by the storm. I think we have all had feeling like that! Jesus’ disciples were no different.

Beloved sometimes our stormy situations become so unbearable that often we tend to question God and doubt His capacity and ability to help. We behave like the disciples and rush to Jesus with a question “teacher don’t you care that we are perishing?”

The disciples addressed Jesus as a teacher and not Lord and this is very revealing and telling because it shows the level of their faith. But interestingly Jesus was inside the boat sleeping on a cushion. It shows that He was comfortable even in that stormy situation because He knows He has power over the forces of nature including storms and tidal waves.

He woke up to rebuke their unbelief and the storm with these words “Quiet! Be still!”. I don’t know what is making you to talk plenty and what is causing that complains? You just need to be quiet and be still as we watch Jesus relaxing in our vessel. Unless He doesn’t journey with us in our boats. With Jesus Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm. Remember what God can’t do doesn’t exist and the solution is above and not abroad.



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