Sunday 23 June 2024

About Today Readings

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 38:1, 8-11. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting – Psalm 106(107):23-26, 28-31. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. Mark 4:35-41.

God is the master of nature

Humanity’s relationship with nature has always been fraught. In today’s reading, the disciples find themselves tossed around in their boats by a violent storm. But it might also be people sheltering from an earthquake in their homes, fleeing from a volcanic eruption, suffering from prolonged drought, or trapped by wildfire.

Where the disciples fear, Jesus sleeps peacefully. He is not afraid of the elements. Nothing will happen to him unless it is God’s will; and if it’s God’s will, there is no need for him to fear it.

Many people these days are afraid of what climate change means for humanity’s future. Today’s reading shouldn’t stop us trying to change our way of living to mitigate climate change, particularly its impact on the most vulnerable in our world. But it might give us some solace in believing that God is still the master of nature.

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