Lord, save us! We are perishing
Readings: 1st: Am 3:1-8; 4, 11-12; Ps: 129; Gos: Mt 8:23-27
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. He is the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico; the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. For more details and comments contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Today is the Tuesday of the 13th week of ordinary time. Today, Matthew presents us another miracle of Christ after his sermon on the mount.
Those of us who live in unstable environments with constant threats of landslides, earthquakes, and hurricanes know what it means to live in constant uncertainty.
In the case of hurricanes, the months between June to October is a period of uncertainty, with our emergency bags packed, and ready at all times. In the case of landslides and earthquakes, it is a complete year of vigilance.
No matter how many times one has experienced or survived any of these, one cannot say, “I am now used to them now.” The only thing one can be used to is, the power of their destruction to anything that crosses their path.
In biblical context and interpretation, the storm or tempest is used figuratively to describe or represent fear, uncertainty and even obstacle in one’s life or way.
So, in today’s Gospel, the disciples of Christ being “men of the sea” and professional fishermen knew what it means to encounter a storm on their path.
Once they saw one coming, they knew that there was an imminent danger and threat to their lives. However, they realized that they were with the Lord, and quickly called out to him: “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
They knew that they were with someone greater than the storm. By calling on Christ for help, they demonstrated their faith in him, and he never failed them.
Like the disciples of Christ, in the course of our daily life and journey, we constantly encounter different “storms,” obstacles that make our hearts tremble.
However, no matter the situation, like the disciples of Christ, we must not forget that we are not alone in our journey. At such moments we must not forget this promise of Christ: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt 28:20).
Such moments are opportunities to demonstrate our faith through our action. It is also, a time to call on the Lord in prayer, because: “Everyone who (sincerely) calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13).
Peace be with you all!