TUESDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II
AMOS 3:1-8,4:11-12, MATTHEW 8:23-27
As human beings, we see things happen around us daily and we think that they are just normal things that happen. We sleep at night and wake up in the morning and we think it is normal. We plant and the seed grows, blossoms and yields fruits, we think they are normal everyday happenings. This attitude of seeing everything as natural has made many people especially scientists to begin to doubt the power of God. Many have become atheists: for them, they can solve their own problems because things happen coincidentally.
In the first reading of today, the prophet Amos makes us to understand that nothing happens without the knowledge of God. God is aware of whatever happens because everything begins and ends with him. Even if things might seem like natural occurrences, God who knows in eternity, has power over all natural occurrences because he created everything.
This is very vivid in the gospel reading of today. Jesus was in a boat when a heavy storm was threatening the lives of the Apostles who were with him. Everyone was scared except Jesus who surprisingly was sleeping in the midst of the chaos. When they made recourse to Jesus, nature listened and obeyed him.
Many of us may be experiencing some chaos and turbulent moments in our lives, we do not have enough faith to call on Jesus. He knows the cause of everything, and nature obeys him.
We therefore need not be afraid of things around us, God is always travelling with us, he will calm the storms in our lives. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP