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June 21, 2009: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When you are afraid, ask Jesus for his help. But don’t wait until you’re frightened. Turn to him daily in prayer.

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41)

There are many things that catch our attention in this story from Mark’s gospel. If you’ve ever been on a boat during a thunderstorm you know how frightening it can be. If not, you can imagine how scared you’d be. Jesus remains asleep during it all! The storm doesn’t wake Jesus, the disciples do. They’re afraid they will drown. I’m sure the same thought would cross our minds. However, Jesus takes care of everything. The waters of the sea become calm and all is well. Nothing can hurt us with Jesus at our side.

Action:

When you are afraid, ask Jesus for his help. But don’t wait until you’re frightened. Turn to him daily in prayer. BELIEVE that He is your constant companion! Talk with him as you do with a friend. He is your BEST FRIEND!

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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