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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Grace to Weather the Storm

Before the Storm
Sometimes our lives are full of peace. We feel calm and close to God. Then, perhaps, without warning, we find ourselves in the midst of a storm. The storm may be inside of us or in our surroundings, but suddenly we may feel less calm, even frightened. Today's Gospel has the disciples in the boat with Jesus. The storm comes up and waves are breaking over the boat so it is filling up with water. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. Imagine how his disciples feel. They wake Jesus asking, "do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus awoke, rebuked the wind and the sea and there was a great calm. Then Jesus asks "Why are you so terrified? Do you not have faith?"

Our political situation is causing us to feel as if we are in a storm. Have we faith? Jesus is with us and tells us over and over in the Gospels, "Fear not, I am with you." Let us take heart and beg the Lord to increase our faith. 
The Lord also wished us to be peaceful. "Peace be with you!"

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