Monday, November 12, 2012

The Catholic Defender: Caught in the Eye of the Storm

As the battle rages, we are caught in the eye of the storm. St John writes, "When it was evening, his disciples went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, 'It is I. Do not be afraid. They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immdiately arrived at the shore to which they were heading".

Matthew gives more details admitting that the Apostles thought Jesus was a ghost. Jesus told them to "take courage, it is I". Can you hear Jesus telling us that very thing, "take courage, it is I"?

St. Peter responds, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." Jesus does call St. Peter, as he calls us, "Come.".

 St. Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he began to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me".

Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him."

Are you willing to get out of the boat? Are you willing to trust Jesus caught in the eye of the storm?

Like St. Peter, do we cry out to Jesus, "Save me?"

Jesus gave us the Sign, He is the Bread of Life, outside of him there is no place to run.

When your caught in the eye of the storm, as the battle rages, we must recognize Jesus in the Mass.

This is where we need to turn when you feel trapped when tribulations are swirling around you.

When you feel trapped caught in the eye of the storm, this is when you need Jesus all the more.

It is easy to surrender to dispair and agonize over the future. How am I going to pay the bills, how am I going to find a job, how am I going to provide food for the family?

This is important to consider, will you be safe in the Lord placing your faith in him, even when it is difficult.

Tribulations dew to disasters, especially man-made disasters are difficult to overcome. We need to be able to support one another, take care of family as we ride out the eye of the storm.

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