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Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection

June 23. Texts: Job 38:1, 8-11, Psalm: 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Mark 4:35-41.

Sailing with Jesus”. Saints and mystics have described the difficulties of their spiritual life using such metaphors as a rocky road, arid desert, and the dark night of the soul. These, and the gospel’s image of the storm, remind us that even perfect faith (cf. Job, 1st reading) would not spare us from difficulty in following Jesus.

Jesus invites the disciples to “cross to the other side” (cf. Gospel). During Ordinary Time we journey with Jesus, crossing from where we are to where he leads.

The storm at sea is both a terrifying natural event and a metaphor for overwhelming difficulties that the Church encounters on its journey of discipleship. In either case Jesus is in the midst of his disciples urging them to greater faith, responding to their fears, and delivering them from danger. The disciples have yet to discover who Jesus is and trust in him, and so, do we.