Once I read a conversation between dad and son. It goes like this:
"Daddy, Daddy, can I have another glass of water please?"
"But I've given you 10 glasses of water already!"
"Yes, but the bedroom is still on fire!"
Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers! It is time to pause a moment, to pray for, and to reflect on our fathers whom we honor. On this Father's Day, let us remember our dads – living or dead – in a special way and offer on the altar of God during this Holy Mass, invoking our heavenly Father’s blessings on them. Today we celebrate, congratulate, and pray for the men who continue to reflect the divine qualities of fatherhood. Fathers are a blessing and we thank them for blessing us with lives of dedication, endurance, and love. Happy Father’s Day!!
This weekend reading reminds us that life can face some stormy moments, but God is with us, and with him everything is possible. God is the calming of the storm. The first reading is from the book of Job. The entire book addresses the problem of human suffering. We see Job deals with the agony of undeserved suffering. In this weekend reading, God address Job and questioning his right to challenge God, the Creator, and the Lord of the Sea. God speaks about the creation and confining of the sea. We read in the Book of Genesis 1:9, “Then God said: Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear. And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared.” The first reading emphasizes that only God can control the sea and storm.
We have the Gospel from Mark and he wrote to the Romans. They were going through persecution and Mark writes all kinds of miracles and shows the power of Jesus. The Gospel from March 4:35-41, talks about Jesus calms a storm on the sea. Mark prior to this passage talk about the mustard seed, its maturity, and comparison to the Kingdom of God, which is mostly connected to the internal world, then Mark describes the power of Jesus, in the external world, over wind and storm. The disciples are seasoned fishermen; normally they know what to do in those moments of storm. They might have tried, but they couldn’t succeed, so they wake Jesus up and asked for help. Jesus woke up, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” When Jesus cured the demoniac (Mark 1:25) said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit came out of the man with a loud cry. Jesus manifests his divinity by excessing authority over nature. Several Old Testament passages state that only God has the power to subdue the raging seas. We read in Psalm 89:9, “LORD, God of hosts, who is like you? Mighty LORD, your faithfulness surrounds you. You rule the raging sea; you still its swelling waves.”
The disciples were familiar with Old Testament passages and when they saw the wind obeyed Jesus’s order, they asked, “Who then is this whom even wind and the sea obey?” When Jesus cured the demoniac, all were amazed and said, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him. (Mark 1:27)”
In the first reading God challenges Job, whether he can control the sea as God does. Job struggled in his suffering, the disciples terrified during the storm, but God’s presence gave hope and strength in both situations. At some point in life, do we all ask the question like disciples, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” There are so many writers who try to explain suffering, or tried to find answers for suffering. Only God can give us the right answer and give us hope. The book of Exodus 3:7 onwards describes the desire of God and his action to rescue his people from Egypt. The LORD said: “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them up from that land into a good and spacious land… (Exodus 3:7&8)” Jesus calms the storm and saved the disciples. But ultimately, he saved humanity through his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” Today, he repeats to us the same question. Let us trust in his love.