Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
I have said before, several times, that it is easy to keep a strong faith and believe that God is with us when everything in life is going as expected – you have a decent job, a nice home, wonderful family, health, and many other blessings in life. Life is good, we may say, and God is good. However, it is much more difficult to remain faithful when you are dealing with a death of a loved one, an illness, cancer, loss of your job, or your spouse left you. Where is God, you may ask? Has He abandoned me? The lake, the storm, the boat, the waves, and the fear -- this is what we read about in the gospel. We often experience what the disciples felt in this gospel reading: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" The disciples were terrified! “Jesus woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’ They were filled with great awe and said to one another, Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?" Yes, I admit -- it is hard to feel God’s presence when we are terrified. But today Jesus reminds us that He is always present, especially when we face difficult and fearful moments. We just need to keep calling on Him.