October 4, 2019

Father’s Weekly Blurb

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Biblically, we understand the authority and power of God on His creation because He is the creator, savior, provider and protector in both the Old and New Testaments. It is explained in more detail in the ten commandments and the teaching of the Bible to grow in faith, worship, obedience, faithfulness, service and moral conduct.  They also focus on more as spiritual and sacramental responsibilities of each Christian as a duty and service to God and His people. 

Today, the gospel of Mark 4 explains Jesus as a divine person with divine nature.  This passage describes that as He finished teaching the crowd in parables, He offered explanations of them to His disciples.  Jesus sends them away from the crowds and into the boats they will use to cross the Sea of Galilee.  The sea and its surrounding area are the settings for Jesus’ teachings and miracles.  The reading focuses how Jesus has authority over nature.  He can control even the strongest storms in order to save His frightened disciples.

 We must also notice that Jesus rebuked the storm and it was calmed.  In this situation, the disciples are left wondering about Jesus’ identity.  They see Him as human, but He acts with the authority and power of God.  This gospel is a metaphor for our lives.  We are in the boat, the storms of life are raging around us due to our own suffering, pain, problems, losses, grief and the pandemic situation.  We may believe that Jesus is unconcerned or “sleeping”.  If we have these feelings, are we comfortable enough to wake Him and present our needs?  Jesus does not chide His disciples for waking Him, instead, He warned them of their lack of faith and perspective.  When we bring our worries to God in prayer, we must continue to have faith in all circumstances: joy, happiness, sadness, suffering and pain.  God never leaves us alone; He always saves and protects us.

Today as we celebrate Father’s Day, we honor the contribution of fathers and the efforts of male parents toward their family and their children. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”  Psalm 103:13. Happy Father ‘Day!                                                                                                    

Fr. Dominic Ishaq, JCD    

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