Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I’ll never forget the surprise I felt 17 years ago today when my mother called to tell me that a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City. I’ll also never forget the shock when she phoned again to say a second plane had struck the other tower.
Shock and surprises can cause us to feel panic, anxiety, anger or fear: sometimes all at once. What do we do when these emotions rise up in us? How does Jesus teach us to weather the storms of life which we are all sure to encounter? Today’s Gospel passage from Luke offers us a road map: we turn to the Lord in prayer; surround ourselves with close friends; and remember our Christian priorities to help, heal and accompany those most in need.
Prayer, friendship and ministry to others: let’s pray today for the graces we need to continue growing as Christians and maturing in a faith that trusts God as our refuge in times of trial.
—Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic of the Jesuits West Province currently starting his second year of Regency in the Advancement Office in Los Gatos, California.
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper He, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing…
And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us!
—Excerpt from A Mighty Fortress is Our God, by Martin LutherPlease share the Good Word with your friends!