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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 21, 2015

TRUST IN THE STORM

As you can imagine, I have a couple of favourite Bible verses. One of them is Isaiah 42:16: “I will lead the blind on their journey; by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn their darkness into light before them and make crooked ways straight. These things I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.”

As I read the readings for this Sunday, this verse quickly came to mind, for it is the best summary of our message today. A message that concerns trust and the unknown.

If you recall, last week I spoke of wonder – wonder at the ability of a mustard seed – so small and seemingly lifeless – to grow into this great bush. That wonder however, needs time to grow, and if we give it time, then it will break through the darkness – the inhibitors that keep us from living as God intended us to live.

But in that moment when wonder finally breaks though – when the seed of contemplation gives life to action – something else also happens. And this is where our readings today offer us guidance, for wonder almost always takes us out into the unknown.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41)

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