Saturday, June 20, 2009



Life is not smooth sailing from beginning to end. Sooner or later, something happens that disrupts its tranquility. In those trying situations, Jesus is our only hope of salvation. And we must learn to turn to him as the disciples did during the storm that threatened to sink them.

Violent “storms” do not batter only individuals, families or institutions. They attack also the Church. But in spite of all these “storms” the Church has not only managed to survive, but also to grow, thanks to the presence of Jesus in Her.

Let this consoling thought accompany us as we are about to begin this Eucharistic celebration and offer it for the salvation of both individual believers and those parts of the Church that are undergoing severe tests and trials.

Today we also observe “Father’s Day.” This is a wonderful opportunity for us to manifest our love for all the fathers in the world, especially our own. Let us do so by offering this Eucharistic Sacrifice for them.

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus 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 the wind and the sea obey?”