Daily Homily for July 4: Tuesday Of The Thirteenth Week In Ordinary Time (Year 1)

Genesis 19: 15-29
Psalm 26
Matthew 8: 23-27

Our Gospel reading tells us about the calming of the storm at sea by Jesus. In His humanity Jesus slept in the boat, probably because He was tired. At the panic cry of His disciples, He woke up and calmed the storm.

By our baptism, we got into the same boat with Jesus. He is our Companion at all times, the good and the bad. We need to constantly seek intimacy with Him. There are times when we have difficulties, moments of trials. Like the disciples, we cry out to Jesus to come to our aid. At such times, Jesus readily comes to help us.

But there are times when we forget our identity as people who have Christ with them. We panic and run from pillar to post looking for solutions. Our patience runs out and we are not ready to wait on God. In Psalm 130:5, the psalmist says: “I wait for the Lord, in His word I hope”. This is the attitude we should have at all times.
The Apostle tells us in Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardship, keep praying regularly”.

In the first reading, we are told how God rescued Lot from the midst of the unrighteous and led him into safety. God “does not sweep us away with sinners” (Resp. Psalm). Once we have committed ourselves to follow the Lord, He always takes our part.

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, fill your minds with these things… and the God o f peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8…9).

LET US PRAY: Lord Jesus Christ, may You increase my faith in You; Amen! Good Morning and have a wonderful day ahead!
Source: Fr. Abu