Daily Gospel – Tuesday, July 2, 2024 – Matthew 8,23-27 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Amos 3,1-8; 4,11-12)

Reading of the Prophecy of Amos.

Hear, O children of Israel, the word that the Lord spoke to you and to all the tribes that I brought out of Egypt: “Of all the nations of the earth have I recognized you alone; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. If two people walk together, isn’t it because they agree? If the lion roars in the jungle, isn’t it because he found his prey? If the lion’s cub growls in the den, isn’t it because he grabbed his share? bird on the ground? Does it trigger the trap before capturing the prey? If the trumpet sounds in the city, isn’t the population terrified? , who will not reveal the plan to his servants, the prophets. The lion roars, who will not be afraid? The Lord God has spoken, who will not be his prophet? firebrand, taken from the fire, and yet you did not return to me,” says the Lord. “Therefore this is how I will deal with you, Israel; and because you know how I will deal with you, prepare yourself, Israel, to reckon with your God.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Matthew 8,23-27)

Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, Jesus entered the boat, and his disciples accompanied him. And behold, there was a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. Jesus, however, slept. The disciples came and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us, for we are perishing!” Jesus replied, “Why are you so afraid, you weak in faith?” Then, rising, he threatened the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men were astonished and said, “Who is this man, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today, as we reflect on the readings presented to us, we are invited to meditate on the deep and powerful message that God transmits to us through the prophet Amos and the gospel of Matthew. The Scriptures call us to a life of faith, obedience, and trust in God, especially in times of tribulation and uncertainty. Let’s dive into these passages and discover how they apply to our daily lives.

Today’s first reading comes from the book of the prophet Amos, where God speaks with impressive clarity and severity. “Hear this word which the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against all the family which I brought out of Egypt. Of all the families of the earth I have known you only; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” (Amos 3:1-2). Here, God reminds us that He chose Israel, not for its merits, but for His grace and love. And with that election comes the responsibility to live according to his commandments.

We can imagine this relationship as that of a loving father who expects his children to follow the path of good. When they go astray, the father corrects them with love, but also firmly, so that they learn and get back on the right path. God, in His infinite wisdom, uses the prophet Amos to warn us about the consequences of our actions. “The lion roared: who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken: who will not prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). Just as the roar of a lion causes fear, the word of God should cause deep respect and the willingness to obey in us.

God, through Amos, reminds the people of Israel of the moments in which He saved and protected them, but also how they turned away from Him, ignoring His laws and living in sin. “I overthrew you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a brand plucked from the fire; but you did not return to me – declares the Lord.” (Amos 4:11). This passage reminds us that, even in the face of adversity, we are called to return to the Lord, to trust in His love and mercy.

As we turn our attention to Matthew’s gospel, we find Jesus and His disciples in a boat, when suddenly a great storm arises. “While they were sailing, Jesus was sleeping. Then the disciples came and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!'” (Matthew 8:24-25). This scene is rich in symbolism and speaks directly to our hearts.

Let us imagine our lives like that boat, sailing through the sea of existence. Storms represent the difficulties, challenges and moments of crisis that we all face. Sometimes it seems like Jesus is asleep, distant, oblivious to our struggles. The terrified disciples cry out for help, and Jesus, upon being awakened, responds: “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26).

This question of Jesus echoes down the centuries to us today. How many times, faced with the storms of life, are we overcome by fear and doubt? We forget that Jesus is with us on the boat, even when it seems like He is sleeping. He has the power to calm the storms, to bring peace to our hearts. “Then he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26). This is a powerful reminder that, with faith, we can face any adversity.

Returning to the prophet Amos, we see that God calls us to deep introspection. “Prepare, O Israel, to meet your God.” (Amos 4:12). This preparation is not just for a future event, but is a daily invitation to live in communion with God, obeying his laws and trusting in his providence. Preparation involves repentance, a change of heart, and a life dedicated to justice and charity.

Just like the disciples in the boat, we are called to trust Jesus completely. Even when the waves rise and the wind blows hard, we must not despair. Jesus is with us, and He is more powerful than any storm. Our faith must not waver, even in the most difficult trials.

How can we apply these lessons to our daily lives? First, we must recognize the constant presence of God in our lives. He chose us, loves us, and wants us to live righteously. We need to hear his call, repent of our sins and seek to live according to his commandments.

Second, we must trust Jesus in the storms of life. When challenges arise, instead of despairing, we should cry out to Him in faith, knowing that He has the power to bring calm and peace. Our trust in Jesus must be unshakable, for He is our Savior and Protector.

Finally, we are called to prepare ourselves daily for our encounter with God. This preparation involves a life of prayer, repentance, and actions that reflect God’s love and justice. We are to be a light in the world, guiding others to the peace and truth we find in Christ.

My brothers and sisters, may we leave here today with our hearts renewed by the word of God. May we live with the assurance of His presence and His love, trusting Him through all the storms of life. May we prepare ourselves daily for our encounter with Him, living in faith, obedience and love.

Lord, we thank You for Your word that guides and strengthens us. Help us to live according to Your commandments, to trust You in the storms of life, and to prepare for our encounter with You. May we be light in the world, reflecting Your love and justice in all our actions. Amen.

May God’s grace accompany us and may we be instruments of His peace and love in the world. Remember, we are called to be light and salt – let us shine and flavor the world with the goodness, justice and love of God. Amen.