Monday, June 15, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, June 21, 2015
Psalm 107: 23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 (Read)
“The Lord hushed the storm to a gentle breeze,
and the billows of the sea were stilled.”
In the Psalm God saves the afflicted from the storms of life.
And in this Sunday's 1st reading, the Lord addresses Job
out of the storm and reminds him that God alone can say,
“Here shall your proud waves be stilled!” (Job 38:11)
In today's Gospel, Jesus saves the disciples from their storms
of doubt that day on the Sea of Galilee. (Gospel, Mark 4:39)
The disciples were like those described in the Psalm:
“Some went off to sea in ships; they saw the
works of the Lord, the wonders of God in the deep.”
When we are facing the storms of life, where do we
turn to be delivered from our distress? We cry out
to the Lord, as the Psalm says, “In their distress, they
cried out to the Lord, who brought them out of their peril,
and stilled the waves of the sea.”
Storms at sea were a constant threat to the disciples,
several of whom made their living as fishermen.
In today's Gospel, the disciples are filled with awe and
say to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind
and sea obey?” (Mark 4:41)
That same power that delivered the disciples from the
storm that day on the Sea of Galilee is available to us,
to strengthen us as we trade in deep waters and are
We all rejoice when we are saved by the Lord.
As the psalmist says, “They rejoiced that the sea grew calm,
that God brought them to the harbor they longed for.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. In the Psalm the Lord hushed the storm and saved those
who sailed the sea. Describe how God has intervened in your
life and saved you from distress.
2. Our psalmist says that God brought those sailors to the
harbor they longed for after the sea grew calm. Tell how our Lord
has brought fair winds and following seas to your life and given you
the direction you desire.