Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Today in the Gospel, we hear about the storm on the sea and Jesus sleeping. His disciples are filled with anxiety, saying, “‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’”
I have been through some pretty tough storms, and as a follower of Christ and the Immaculata, the storms and the crosses are just going to get heavier, but as brothers in the monastery and friends in my office have reminded me, “you’re not alone, we can help carry your cross for you!” Always rely on those closest to you just as the disciples relied on Jesus when they thought they were perishing at sea.
St. Maximilian Kolbe once said, “Without struggle, victory would be impossible and without victory, there can be no crown, there can be no reward (cf 1 Cor 9:25)…Be prepared for anything.” Be prepared and expect the unexpected. Remember to have Christ, Our Lady, and the saints with you because they will help.
Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB