12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B


Today’s readings provide an opportunity to focus on our trust in God with great courage and hope. Three of the texts demonstrate the Lord’s power over the sea and his care for us.

In the first reading, the Lord responds to Job’s complaints that he has been punished unjustly. God speaks of his divine power over his own creation.

God’s control over nature is also echoed in the Gospel, as Jesus calms the storm. The disciples panic as the gale takes hold, awakening Jesus, who chides them for their lack of faith. They are filled with awe as Jesus stills the waves, asking: ‘Who can this be?’

The Psalmist tells of the sailors’ fear as their frail boats are buffeted by the winds and waves, but they give thanks to the Lord for his loving care as he leads them to a safe haven.

St. Paul expresses his gratitude for the overwhelming love of Christ, through whose life, death, and resurrection we are offered a new creation.

This week, let us join the Psalmist to express our gratitude by saying, “O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

Joy and peace.