Sun 21 June
12th Sunday of the year
From the heart of the tempest the Lord gave Job his answer. He said:
Who pent up the sea behind closed doors
Â when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb,
when I wrapped it in a robe of mist
Â and made black clouds its swaddling bands;
when I marked the bounds it was not to cross
Â and made it fast with a bolted gate?
Come thus far, I said, and no farther:
Â here your proud waves shall break.
Psalm or canticle
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
The love of Christ overwhelms us when we reflect that if one man has died for all, then all men should be dead; and the reason he died for all was so that living men should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life for them.
From now onwards, therefore, we do not judge anyone by the standards of the flesh. Even if we did once know Christ in the flesh, that is not how we know him now. And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, â€˜Let us cross over to the other side.â€™ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, â€˜Master, do you not care? We are going down!â€™ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, â€˜Quiet now! Be calm!â€™ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, â€˜Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?â€™ They were filled with awe and said to one another, â€˜Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.â€™
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By Matthew Warner - Jun 20, 2009 at 11:00 am