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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 20, 2021 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 20, 2021 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Mark 4:35–41

“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” –Mark 4:41

As children, we were afraid when thunder pealed out and lightning flashed threateningly against the sky. We asked the big people around us to make it stop, or at least to console us that we were safe even in the face of the fiercest elements.

Jesus reveals himself as the one we can trust in the most violent squalls of life. He is master of the tempest. When Jesus turns his mission over to the Church, his disciples are charged to be his Body, standing in for his consoling presence in a world that would continue to know great perils. As Iranian American novelist, essayist, and short story writer Dina Nayeri reckons, “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”

Albert Einstein also affirmed the responsibility of the secure to assist the endangered. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,” he said, “but by those who watch them without doing anything.” It’s not enough for us to regard Jesus as the rescuer of the poor and to leave the task in his capable hands. Because he left it in ours.

Who has opened a door to you in times of crisis or offered you a safe space when you needed one?

While The Gospel at Home takes a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings.

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