Feast of St. Irenaeus

Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 | Ps. 5:4b-8 | Mt. 8:23-27

God tells the Israelites that He is about to fulfill His word as spoken to the prophets. God calls the people to repent and to return to him.   The Gospel relates the story of the apostles in the boat on the Sea of

Galilee.  The boat is engulfed in a storm, but Jesus is asleep. The apostles are disturbed because it seems that they will soon be overcome.  Jesus awakens and calms the storm.  He asks the disciples why they lack faith.  It is easy to believe when everything is going the way it should.  When something is not going smoothly, then we need to cling to Jesus.  We realize that our forefathers had to do this when they decided to break away from English Rule.

Think of a time when you were in distress.   Where did you find God?  Who was responsible for everything turning out alright?  How did you come to a peaceful solution?  Why do you not see God in the midst of your trouble?  What can you do differently next time?  Practice trust in small tasks today.  We may desire independence from slavery; but, we are called to remember that we cannot do anything without God.

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