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Sunday’s (June 21, 2015) Gospel: The Calming Of A Storm At Sea – Mk 4:35-41

“WHO THEN IS THIS WHOM EVEN THE WIND AND SEA OBEY?”

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus established that He is the Master of all Creation; that He is the Almighty One, and only the Almighty One can demand creation to follow His every command.

QUIET! BE STILL!

These three small but powerful words clearly bring to our attention that even if we may think that God is asleep or lacking in concentration to our predicament, all we need do is holler and He will be there. Our call should not be one of skepticism or fright: As He asked His disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Our tonality, as we “shout out” should always have the confidence and the belief that He is there to help us and bring us to a state of calm.

WHAT? WE WORRY?

Setting up conditional happiness, success or other outcomes leads to ever-increasing negative feelings. But setting up dual happiness — happiness for both now and later — allows for good moments at any time. Dr. Spencer Johnson, best-selling co-author of “The One Minute Manager,” has advised people to live in the present without allowing negative attitudes to fester.

A setback is only one moment in time. It ends. The next moment is up to you. “Make that next moment one of learning and the growth will happen by and of itself. Before we know it, we will be where we wanted to be from the start,” Johnson emphasized.

Living, especially during these days, involves two areas: the things we can control and the things we can’t. Don’t worry about what we can’t control.

WORRYING IS A TOTAL WASTE OF ENERGY.

Train our focus on the future. It is something we can have power over. But don’t fret about it either. Move it. Manage it. What about the present? It’s in our hands. Live it the way we want to live it. Bring it to where we will be happiest even in challenging times such as today. Stay focused on what we want to happen, and we will attract exactly what we want.

Goals can be set. Positive experiences can be sought. Good news can be created. We just have to focus unfailingly on the picture, and to have trust in God. Happiness, after all, consists in getting what we desire and desiring what we have.

Let us avoid spending so much time worrying about the future, and learn to “be still” — to WAIT ON THE FATHER, OUR LORD. Why be terrified when we believe that God is by our side. As we weather the storms of our lives we must patiently and graciously wait for the Lord, and find the markers of the direction that He wants us to take — the path that can bring stillness and serenity to our souls.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Lord, be with us in our journey, teach us to how to be quiet and to be still. Hold our hands when we are fearful; Fortify our trust in Your care. May You reinforce us with the wisdom to make the right decisions every time. Thank you for your unending presence and undying love. Amen.

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‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”

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“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Watchfulness is a way of embracing every virtue — it is the heart’s commandment of stillness and, when free from mental images, it is the guarding of the intellect.

There are four types of watchfulness:

The first type closely scrutinizes every mental image or provocation — for only by means of a mental image can the devil fabricate an evil thought and insinuate this into the intellect in order to lead it astray.

The second type frees the heart from all thoughts, keeping it profoundly silent and still, and in praying.

The third type continually and humbly calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ for help, while the fourth type makes us constantly cognizant of death.

These types of watchfulness serve us our doorkeepers and bar our entry to evil thoughts. Guard our mind and we will not be harassed by temptations. But if we fail to guard our minds, accept patiently whatever trial comes.”

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — which means to prepare and to welcome in expectation for. It came from the Latin word ‘Adventus’ — which literally means ‘coming’ — the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this season, we are reminded of the need to be watchful and vigilant. Life is short, and death is certain.

Our hope is that we are not caught unprepared, and be filled with much regret that we did not live well and did not love enough when death finally arrives.

Today also ushers Christmas — the season of hope. We have to embrace the thought that the image of the judgment day is not an image of fear, but an image of hope, of grateful anticipation —- our comfort and our yearning. Bill Keane said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

We plea for God’s grace hoping that His grace will give us the strength to face our challenges everyday — but more important — the big face-off with Him someday.

Christmas just like Easter is a period of atonement and self-introspection — a time for reflection and for us to look deeply into our lives. We have to prepare for His coming, just like preparing for a VIP invited to our party. We must make it our opportunity to look beyond the present moment and set-up our place in His kingdom.

Dear Lord, make us stay awake and be on our guard always. May we be constantly reminded that if we stay wakeful and live in faith and hope of Christ’s coming we will enjoy the fullness of life with God in eternity. As we pray daily in the Our Father: “May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Amen.

Need For Watchfulness Mk 13:33-37

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O Lord our God, under the shadow of Thy wings let us hope. 

Thou wilt support us, both when little and even to gray hairs.

When our strength is of Thee, it is strength

 but, when our own, it is feebleness

 We return unto Thee,

O Lord, that from their weariness our soul may rise towards Thee

leaning on the thing which Thou has created

 and passing on to Thyself

who hast wonderfully made them

for with Thee is refreshment and true strength

Amen

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O God, early in the morning I cry to you.

Help me to pray

And to concentrate my thoughts on you

I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness,

But with you there is light

I am lonely, but you do not leave me

I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help

I am restless, but with you there is peace.

In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience

I do not understand your ways,

But you know the way for me…

Restore me to liberty,

And enable me to live now

That I may answer before you and before me.

Lord, whatever this day may bring,

Your name be praised.

 

Amen

 

 

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