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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Hebr 11: 1-2, 8-19

Gospel MK 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
"Let us cross to the other side."
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, 
and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?"
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
"Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"

 

 

FACING CRISIS WITH UNSHAKABLE FAITH IN THE GOD WITHIN US

 

 

 We read in the book of Genesis, “So God created human beings, making them to be like him.” It means human beings are replicas of God and each human being is entrusted with a lot of power. That is why some psychologists say that even a genius does not make use more than 25 per cent of the capacities human beings have. Unfortunately, some so called spiritual guides and preachers have exaggerated the sinfulness of the human beings and call human beings sinners. It is a fact that human beings have a tendency to misuse the power God has given them and that is the reason for a lot of evil in the world. But a human being is basically a divine creation and the Divine dwells in him. Because of the lack of consciousness or awareness about the indwelling presence of the Divine human beings have a tendency to do wrong things. There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in the spiritual practices of the disciples of Jesus, a shift from deprecating oneself as a sinner to an assertion of the divine power within oneself. Jesus has taught his disciples, the Kingdom of God is within them and not out there.

 

Facing crisis in life becomes easy when a human being is conscious of the immense power within him. This could be the prominent message of the Gospel passage in which Jesus calms the sea. Even though Jesus was sleeping in the boat in which they were sailing, the disciples got frightened and perplexed when a strong wind blew up. The reason for their fear and worry was the lack of consciousness about the immense power present with them in the person of Jesus. Jesus after calming the see rebuked the disciples, “Why are you frightened? Have you still no faith”? Faith in God who is present in oneself is the source of strength and courage for facing crises and the disciple were lacking in it.

It may be extremely difficult to meet a person who has not faced any crisis in life. Crisis is part and parcel of human existence. Those who have become successful in life are the persons who faced the crisis with courage and made use of the opportunity hidden in the crisis. Any crisis is a danger, but there is an opportunity hidden in it. For example in a family, the husband, the sole bread winner dies in an accident, leaving the wife and two small children. It is a very dangerous situation for the family. The family members may even be tempted to commit suicide. At the same time it is also an opportunity for the wife to take charge of the situation and make use of the immense power in her for taking care of the children. Ensuring a bright future for the children can become great motivating force for a mother to make the best use of her own resources. I have come across many such women and my sister-law- is one among them. But this positive attitude to a crisis does not come automatically. Unshakable faith in God who is within us gives us the courage to face the crisis bravely and make use of the opportunity hidden in it.


Jacob Peenikaparambil CMI


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