August 15, 2022     6:49 am
44. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Monday
Even the winds and the sea obey Him!
          What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him!   Mathew 8:27
          From Galilee, Jesus had returned to Jerusalem, for the Passover, and in the temple, before a mighty crowd of people, He had preached a most powerful sermon regarding the divine majesty of His eternal Sonship; but the Jews had rejected Him and had threatened to kill Him. So now He went to Galilee, there to manifest Himself as the true Prophet foretold by Moses. John the Baptist's activity had now come to an end. Jesus chose for His home the city of Capernaum, situated on the Sea of Gennesaret. And of an evening, at the close of an extremely busy day, He entered a boat, to go to the eastern shore of the lake. His disciples followed Him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so great that the boat was covered with the waves; but Jesus was asleep. And His disciples came to Him, and woke Him, saying, "Lord, save us: we perish!" Then He said to them, "Why are you so fearful, O ye of little faith?" And He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying: "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!"(Matt. 8:23-27.).
          This tired man, whom, however, the winds and the sea obey, is the incarnate Word, the eternal Son of the Father who has become man. He is your Saviour, who was then in the state of humiliation, but now is exalted to the right hand of God the Father. It is He who has all power in heaven and in earth, and most graciously is with you at all times. Why, then, do you fear so often? Fear not, neither in life nor in death, but trust His gracious omnipotence.
          PRAYER: - O true Man and true God, Jesus Christ, whom winds and sea and all things obey, I acknowledge my infirmity and diffidence, my inability to weather the tempests of this world without Your consolation. O help me, that I do not perish! Keep the ship of Your Church against all the powerful enemies who threaten it, comfort all fearsome hearts, strengthen those who are weak in faith. Be with us, our only, but almighty Helper in need, blessed forever! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     6:49 am