This Sunday’s Readings:
Job 38:1, 8–11
Psalm 107:23–24, 25–26, 28–29, 30–31 (℟ 1b or Alleluia)
2 Corinthians 5:14–17
“LET US CROSS TO THE OTHER SIDE,” Jesus says to his disciples after a long day of teaching the crowds. This wasn’t just for a change of scenery. They were crossing the border into Gentile territory on a mission to bring Jesus’s healing word to the people there.
This mission is no cruise, however. Having Jesus in our boat does not protect us from storms threatening our lives. Jesus’s calming of the seas in response to the disciples’ fear of perishing was not proof of his care for them. It was to verify what he would later say at a crossroads on their mission: “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35).
We are not more fortunate than others or guaranteed an easier life because we have faith. Jesus promises nothing of that. What he does promise is this: he will be with us to the end of the age. Faith in that promise turns terror to awe. Because we have faith, that promise will sustain us on this urgent mission. For what awaits us on the other side of the borders we cross for the sake of the Gospel are multitudes in need of the life-giving promise we bring in Christ.
Calm Me, Lord
Words by David Adam / Music by Margaret Rizza
G-6210 · Unison or mixed voices, organ, opt. instruments
“Let all the tumult in me cease; enfold me, Lord, in your peace.”
When we think about Jesus calming the storm, we might tend to think of the waves on the water, the thunder and lightning in the sky, the storm “out there.” But, isn’t it the inside storms that can knock us most off-kilter and hurt the most? Anxiety, anger, grief, and fear cause real damage to ourselves and to others, damage as real and far-reaching as stormy weather. May our prayer today and our trust in God still us and keep us from the harm we can’t always see but can feel so deeply.
– Jennifer Odegard
More choral suggestions for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time…
El Amor de Dios/God’s Love Is Everlasting: Salmo 136(135) Lourdes C. Montgomery. Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 012649
El Señor Es Compasivo: Salmo 103(102) (bilingual) Peter Kolar. Cantor, unison choir, descants 012670
How Can I Keep from Singing Arr. Gerald Custer SATB divisi G-7227
How Can I Keep from Singing Arr. Robert LeBlanc SSAATTBB G-3616
Hush the Ocean Wild Jonathan Campbell SATB G-9173
The Good Shepherd M. Roger Holland II SAT, male solo, assembly, guitar, keyboard 001295
The King of Love My Shepherd Is Arr. James Scavone SATB, sop solo, organ 008723
The Lord Is My Shepherd James E. Clemens Unison choir or solo, flute, guitar, keyboard 009412
The Lord Is My Shepherd Terrence Colopy Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboard 006211
The Lord Is My Shepherd: Psalm 23 Aaron Thompson Three-part choir, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 008377