June 30, 2020 (Tuesday Week 13 Year II)
Prepare to meet your God…
Dear friends in Christ, our earthly journey could be compared to the crossing of the sea by these Apostles. We are not alone, we have Jesus in our boat, are we afraid of the storms we face on the way?
The first reading today(Amos 3:1-8;4:11-12) continues the story of Prophet Amos who was called from a village called Tekoa but had to deliver his message to the city. The culture shock he suffered on coming to the city reflected in the mission he was given to combat the ills of his time. The God who sent Amos seems to speak with a heavy pain in His heart, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.” In a series of questions that followed, God revealed his anger at the fact that a few of the inhabitants of the land lived in opulence while others wallow in abject poverty. Is that different from what we see in our society today. The passage ends with another serious warning, “Therefore, thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.” It is not only Israel who should prepare to meet God, it is about all of us. Unfortunately, unless you prepare now, no one knows when that time will be.
In the gospel of today (Matthew 8:23-27) Jesus was crossing the sea with the disciples in a boat. He was asleep, while the storms arose, and threatened to swamp the boat. The tide was so strong that the disciples were afraid they might perish. So, they ran to Jesus, “Save us Lord, we are perishing.” Jesus didn't just jump out of his sleep to go and see what was happening, he calmed the disciples first, and chided them for their lack of faith, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rebuked the winds and the sea, restoring it to a calm. It is wonderful to have Jesus on your side. His presence does not insulate you from the storms of life, he does not shield you from the normal experiences of everyday, but because you have him in your boat, and because you call on him when you need that help, he calms the wind and the storm to a whisper. When you have your eyes set on Jesus, you can walk on the sea and ride the storms, you develop wings of prayer and soar; even when your knees are on the ground, your soul soars higher than the eagle can fly, to the innermost recesses of God’s dwelling above. Like the lyrics of that beautiful song, “Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow me, and I will give you rest.”
Let us pray: Lord, we commit ourselves to you, stay with us on our journey. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.