Daily Reflection for Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Peace and blessings, friends and parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link: Click here.
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12
Gospel: Matthew 8:23-27
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.” Matthew 8:26
I remember when I was a kid being fascinated by thunderstorms. There was a difference of fascination between the storms that rolled through at night and the storms that rolled through during the day. It was more of an annoyance than fear to be woken up in the middle of the night by the thunder. But it also gave me a chance to see the beauty of the lightning flash across the nighttime sky. During the daytime storms, I enjoyed watching the dark clouds roll in and seeing the landscape turn from light to dark and then eventually from dark to light. And it seemed without a doubt the power would go out, the basement would flood because the sump pump stopped working, and we would have to go pick up and clean up whatever got damaged in the basement.
Recently we planned a graduation open house for our youngest who graduated from high school. Actually we planned it to be more of an “open yard” party because of the social distancing guidelines in place. We chose the date several weeks out and made our plans. Who would have thought that the one Saturday that we chose, it rained. That morning while we were trying to set up, the heavens just opened up and a deluge of rain poured from the sky. It continued to rain at least an hour into the time frame of the party. Nobody showed up. Not until after the rain subsided and we were able to move forward with the plans to have the “open yard” party. It was a great celebration.
There are plenty of storms going on in our world today. Some of these storms can be fearful. Some of these storms can force us to pause, reflect and rethink. And some of these storms can also offer us a great sense of awe and wonder if we look at them just the right way. Trust.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,