January 28, 2012
Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and
doctor of the Church
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On that day, as evening
drew on, he said to them, "Let us cross to
the other side." Leaving the crowd, they took him 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?"
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I
believe that you are in my boat. I want a
stronger faith in you. I trust that you will lead
me, sinful though I am, to your good harbor. I
love you for always accompanying me in this life.
Petition: Lord, help me to grow in faith.
Crossing to the Other Side: We know that we will
not remain on earth forever. There is another shore that
is our home. Christ has come to remind us of
this and show us how to get to that place.
Do I take Christ into my boat and let him
indicate what I must do in my life? Or do
I hold myself back, not accepting the adventure of putting
out into the deep with Christ? What is it that
holds me back?
2. Teacher, We Are Perishing! Christ
allows our boat to be tossed by difficulties that sometimes
seem insurmountable. Having him in our boat is not a
guarantee that things will go smoothly. We need to discover
that he is working in the midst of difficulties. We
need to ask what he is teaching us. If in
the midst of trials we are drawing closer to him,
there can be a real grace working. Yet many times
we find that we let our confidence in him slip
when things get rough. We have not yet learned that
“all things work together for good for those who love
God” (Romans 8:28).
3. The Lord of the Wind
and the Sea: We need to keep in mind that
Christ has the ultimate victory. He allows difficulties so that
we can grow in abandoning ourselves to him. When life
hurts and it makes no sense, we need to deepen
our faith in the One who has conquered sin and
death. He will write the final chapter in our life.
He will bring us to the safe harbor. We can
bolster our faith in him today by keeping our eyes
on his promises and his presence. We can renew our
confidence that he will not let our prayers go unanswered
but will respond in his time with a power and
efficacy beyond what we expect. In continuing to sail this
boat in the midst of the storm, we are giving
him the total control over our destiny. We can be
in no safer hands.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I
know that when you allow difficulties in my life you
are trying to strengthen my faith and make me see
that I need to turn to you. Help me take
advantage of these difficulties so I might abandon myself more
totally to you. I want to learn to trust you
as the Lord of my life. Bring me to safe
Resolution: I will analyze one of the greater
difficulties in my life and see where I need to
apply greater trust in God.