Grace to you!
A certain man landed his dream job in a renowned oil company. His salary was in the high six figures and he could afford to send his children to his desired private, prestigious schools. His relationship with his wife was like an endless honeymoon and no one ever raised his or her voice in his family. One day, news broke that the company where he was working was terribly hit by an oil crisis. Layoff of staff was inevitable. Unfortunately, he was one of the victims.
No sooner had this happened than the dynamics of the family changed. The man and his family couldn’t manage the crisis. He became depressed and wished to end his life. Thank God, a Catholic priest paid him a visit and ministered to his spiritual needs. The prayer and encouraging words from the priest inspired him to look to the future with hope.
Are there storms in your life? The storm could be anything that tests your faith and makes you anxious; from death of a loved one, declining health condition, loss of job, hopelessness due to poverty, betrayal, shocking family hostility, etc.
Have you been living through this storm terrified and worried about your life situation? Do you suppose your life has no value anymore as to think of ending it?
Here is the good news: The Lord Jesus is here to calm the storm. He did it over two thousand years ago by the Sea of Galilee and he still does it. Connect with the story of the calming of the storm as recorded in Mark 4 and tap the power therefrom.
Jesus was in the boat with his apostles crossing over the sea. He was asleep. A great stormy wind and the waves started to beat their boat so much that it was about to sink. The apostles woke him and said, “Do you not care if we perish?” (Mk 4:38).
Many ask the Lord similar questions: Do you not care what is happening to me and my children? Do you not care that I’ve lost my job? Do you not care I can’t pay my bills? Do you not care I am drowning in depression? There could be many “Do you not cares” in your life. However, you have to know and believe that the Lord actually cares; he speaks peace to the storm condition.
Know this: When Jesus is asleep in our lives; that is, when we allow the storm of our lives to dwarf the reassuring presence, providence and protection of God; when we get engrossed in bad situations, we wouldn’t be able to see the silver lining on the horizon. We have to trust that God will not let us down. Look up and not down. Faith and trust in the Lord keep us going through the stormy conditions.
Similarly, let us be open to the support systems God brings our way when we are engrossed by worries. You will find such, for instance, in the community of believers, in the Church, in fellowship where the warmth of worship at the Eucharistic Celebration heals the crunching pains of our worries. You will find that too through the reading of God’s Word in the bible. You may find that as well by reaching out to a believing friend, a pastor, or a minister who could encourage you.
Do not allow your worries to silence you. Tell the Lord about it. Sometimes, it may be appropriate to share with a trusted friend too. Sorrows shared are sorrows reduced.
I pray God to intervene in the storms of your life. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday, Week 3 of Ordinary Time: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17; Mk 4:35-41]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.