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Monday, June 29, 2020

Remembering that God is Always Near

"They came and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?'" Mt 8:26

The apostles, we sometimes forget, were ordinary men hoping the Lord would rescue them from burdensome lives and free their nation from Roman occupation. When Jesus tried to help them see him for who he was, they either turned away or hoped their interpretation of what he was saying was flawed, and this is exactly what was going on when the boat they were traveling is was in danger. Could/would Jesus even preserve them from death?

Terror endured for the sake of God's reign saves us, and while it is natural to search for another path, we have only to ask God for the strength and integrity to endure and accept whatever comes to us in life, even when God seems to be sleeping.  That the Lord will always be at our side and give us the resilience to persist through every trial with him as our guide is the point of today's Gospel passage.

Today, ask for the courage to face any terror that comes your way.

What strengths do you have to face the struggles of life as they unfold?

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