Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 30, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast:  The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

            God, You consecrated the copious first fruits of the Roman Church with the blood of Martyrs.  Grant that we may be strengthened in virtue by the agony of such a struggle and always rejoice in their victory.  Amen.  (From “Lives of the Saints, Illustrated.”) 

Book of the Prophet Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12

Psalm 5

Matthew 8:23-27


A Sunday school teacher decided to have some fun with her class and asked them, “If anyone can tell me where God is I will give them an apple.”  One student raised his hand and said, “I will give you an entire barrel of apples if you can tell me where He is not!”

I often wonder just why Jesus, in today’s Gospel narrative, was asleep in the boat that was being tossed around by the storm.  Was it because of His human nature?  Is it possible that He was simply tired, even exhausted, and simply needed to rest?  I suspect all of us, one time or another, have slept so deeply that we didn’t realize that a thunderstorm raged while we slept peacefully.

However, the disciples were not asleep and were actually terrified, even though most of them spent their lives fishing on that very body of water.  They did what they had to do to survive; they woke Jesus up and asked Him to save them.  Our Lord not only calmed the storm but He calmed the disciples as well.  Yet he was compelled to ask them, “Why are you terrified.  O you of little faith?” 

Friends, we all believe that Jesus is the Son of God but do we live each day with the belief and trust that He is truly in control of every crisis situation in our lives?  When we call God for help in our times of trouble and if we feel He is not responding immediately we might say, “Lord Jesus, where are you?  I need you right now!”  If there is no immediate response we get the feeling that Jesus, as Matthew relates the story to us, is still asleep in the boat.

Actually this reveals only our sleeping faith in Him.  Christ is ever present with us and in us.  Each of us must ask ourselves if we recognize the Lord’s presence within us, especially when we meet the storms of adversity, sorrow or temptation.  Or perhaps do we see Him only when there are no storms in our lives and in the lives of those we love?  Think about it as you snack on a nice crunchy apple.   

Question of the Day:  Will you pray for faith and trust in Jesus and to never forget to thank Him for the many times in your life that He has “calmed your storms?”

Prayer:  “For I am the Lord Your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”  Isaiah 41:13.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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