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12 Sunday in Ord. Time, B Year

Sunday, June 20, 2021

"Who is this whom even wind and sea obey?" Today we hear the surprised awe of the apostles who participate in Jesus' miracle over nature when He calms the storm. The power over natural phenomena resembles the activity of God, who creates all existence and defines its laws, which are mentioned in today's first reading. Jesus appears here as a new creator in the sense of the renewal of all creation after redeeming it with his blood on the cross. Allusion for this statement we find in today's second reading from the 2nd Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians: "Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away, behold, new things have come.”. Today's gospel shows Jesus' authority over natural phenomena, but also His protection over the Church that He leads through the ages. Today's Gospel story rises to the rank of a certain symbol of Jesus' constant care over his work, i.e. of his Church, which will resist any world turmoil. He sits in the boat of his Church, works through his Spirit, even though he sometimes seems invisible and silent. The last sentence belongs to Him anyway, sometimes arousing astonishment and a question full of wonder: "Who is He that even the winds and seas obey Him?" Let's remember this. Jesus is the Son of God with saving power.