Today is the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. It is also Father’s Day. Yet another reason to celebrate is that it is the start of summer in this part of the world. The solstice takes place at 11:32 p.m. here in Eastern Daylight Time. Take time today to celebrate!

The calming of the storm at sea … I have suggested today’s Gospel account of the storm at sea to countless people, whether in a time of retreat or dealing with the everyday realities of our human life. I have written of it and have given many homilies on it. It is one of my personal go to passages in the Gospel.

It speaks powerfully to us in a pandemic time, but also at pretty-well any other time. I have yet to meet a person who is unable to relate to the story of the disciples being tossed about, as though they are perishing from the turmoil. Jesus is asleep in the stern, asleep in the storm. The sea becomes a wonderful metaphor for our lives. Jesus’ act of calming the storm and bringing peace is a source of hope for many of us.

Praise the Lord

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