February 01, 2020 (Saturday of Week 3 Year II)
Teacher, do you not care
Dear friends in Christ, the storms of life come at us sometimes in full force, that to hold on in faith becomes difficult. Some have come to the brink of despair because they have done all that is humanly possible and have prayed, but still, without any tangible result. It is not impossible at such a moment to question ones faith and God’s presence.
Our first reading today (2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 10-17) reveals how what is planned in secret is not a secret to God. David had everything he wanted, yet he couldn’t keep his eyes off Uriah’s wife. His relationship with her while the husband was at the battle front resulted in a pregnancy and to conceal it, he summoned Uriah home from the battle and tried to get him home to his wife but that failed. To conceal the injustice he did to this soldier who was on duty defending his nation. David sent him to the hottest part of the war and caused other troops to withdraw. He masterminded his death. God sent Nathan to confront David with a master-class parable of a rich man who took the lamb of the poor to entertain his guest. David’s rash judgment is a show of how easy it is to condemn others who have sinned, but when he knew it was all about him, with Nathan saying: “You are the man…” he showed his remorse. Psalm 51 is a great testament to the admittance of his guilt and his plea for pardon.
In the gospel of today (Mark 4:35-41) the disciples were scared, thinking they were going to drown, even while Jesus was in the boat with them. Jesus was asleep in the stern on the cushion when the storm arose with its waves beating on the boat. The disciples woke him up and asked, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” But Jesus simply got up and rebuked the wind, “Peace, Be still!” and everything was calm again. He then asked, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” You have your own storms of life to face. It can be very troubling when there is no reprieve in sight. So many temptations will follow, but do not compromise your faith. The presence of Jesus does not remove all troubles but gives us the grace and the courage to carry along even in moments of trials and tribulations. Be assured that the Lord goes before you in every situation and he knows what you’re passing through. Be not afraid, you have Jesus, He will calm the storms.
Let us pray: Lord, be near us always because the storms of life are strong. Give us the faith to trust in your care. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen