Scripture Reading: Mark 6:48

Welcome to today’s encounter with the Lord who is the Spirit. In sailing a boat, usually the wind is an agent which assists and guarantees safe sailing. However, some times the opposite is the case; the wind that should be of help turns against the boat. This was the situation with the disciples of Jesus. At the instruction of Jesus they entered the boat and set for the other side. At evening, they tossed about in the middle of the sea because the wind was contrary, that is, the wind was against them. This is not different from our own stories of life also. Sometimes, those who are supposed to be of assistance to us are the ones who even constitute our greatest problems. Share this lamentation from a widow, “Brethren my stepson called my son, giving us seven days to move out of my husband’s house even when his father has not been laid to rest.” This is actually a contrary wind. What can this widow do?

  I don’t know the area of your life where the wind has turned against you. It may be your health, going from hospital to spiritual houses to herbal homes and to all sorts of places for solutions. It may be barrenness; your finances; such that you have become so indebted; unemployment.

The good news is that Jesus has seen your situation. The Scripture says “At evening,He saw them“. God is aware of what you going through. You are in His agenda and he is coming to your rescue. At the fourth watch of the night, he came to their rescue. Not the first nor the second nor the third but the fourth watch. Was it not at the “fourth watch” that he came to rescue the situation of Lazarus’ death? Yet this was to win Him glory. I announce to you today that your situation is going to win God’s glory; it will end in praise. God’s delay should never be taken to mean silence. With God delay is never denial because delay could be for a greater good.

Dear friend, all we need for our storms of life is the presence of God. It is His presence that restores sanity to our insane situations and gives us peace in the midst of the storm. When the wind turns against us or becomes contrary, we must turn to Him and invite him into our boat because it is His presence that restores calmness and serenity to our troubled sea.

MASS:  VIOLET Is 65: 17-21; Ps 30: 2 and 4. 5-6. 11-12a and 13b; Jn 4: 43-54. Optional for any day this week: Mi 7: 7-9; Ps 27: 1. 7-8a. 8b-9abc. 13-14; Jn 9: 1-41

PRAYER POINTS:

  1. Thank God for the gift of today’s reflection.
  2. Invite God into every situation of your life where darkness seems to be hiding its face.
  3. Lord, God of power and might, I humbly submit to You all my areas of pain. (Mention them) Ask God for the grace of final perseverance. Pray that you will not die in the wilderness but God’s grace will lead you through the storms of the wilderness to the Promised Land. (Take seriously)
  4. “It is I, do not be afraid.” Father, help me to recognize Your presence and see Your hand in all circumstances of my life.
  5. I lift up the standard of the Spirit of the Lord against every contrary wind in my life. Let there be calmness and peace in Jesus name. Amen.

Exercise: Take the Divine Mercy prayers at 3.00pm.

Meditation: Isaiah 59:19

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