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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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Where is your courage?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Amos 3:1-8.4:11-12, Mt. 8:23-27. In today's first reading, the Prophet Amos threatens the retribution of God on those who obstinate. However, if people persist in cruelly sinful behaviour, unwilling to give up living off on others’ inhuman working conditions, then prophets like Amos are impelled by God to cry out in the name of the poor. He cites the classic ruin of Sodom and Gomorrah; while the Gospel reminds us of the power of Christ to help in time of need. In the face of anxiety and danger, God saves those who trust in Him. The disciples in the boat were amazed at the power of Jesus over the wind and the waves. Our faith in providence and trust in Jesus can help us survive storms and disturbances and not be driven to despair. Expecting their storm-tossed boat to sink at any moment, the terrified disciples wake Jesus. He looks at them and asks: "Where is your courage?” The gale is still blowing, but they somehow know He can save them. Then when the storm subsided, they were amazed that the winds and the sea obey Him.

If we recognise the presence of Jesus in our heart, even if in desperation and stays with Him long enough, we shall gain new self-assurance from His presence and have inner peace. The disciples cried out in fear: “Save us, Lord, we are lost.” Jesus on the other hand was in profound sleep unnerved by the storms around. This presents the image of a person who trusts in God. Today, men and women, tossed by coronavirus, might experience the similar plight of the disciples at the sea: “we are lost.” The words of Jesus can comfort and encourage us: “Why are you so frightened, you who have so little faith!” This proves that His powerful words calm every situation of our lives if only we can trust Him.

May the Lord calm the storm of our lives and heal the world from coronavirus! Amen!! Remain safe, Peace be with You!!!

 
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