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Green Leaf

July 2

FOCUS: Jesus asks his followers to have faith in him.



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When was the last time you felt overwhelmed? Humanity suffers from common aliment. It is the illusion of control. We like to be in charge of the situation, other people, even nature itself.

When we lose control, we can react in different ways. Some panic, others hunker down and wait out the trouble. In every case, our ego based upon the illusion of control deflates. Humility fills the void. If we are honest, we will admit that a greater power is in charge.

The first reading from the prophet Amos reveals a series of questions that lead us to think about why God does what He does. The message of the passage is that we may endure hardships and things we cannot understand, but God has a perfect plan that works through the free will of man and our choices. He is in control and wants to ultimately bring good to all His children. And the ultimate good is eternal life.

In our Gospel, the disciples cry out to a sleeping Jesus, ““Lord, save us! We are perishing!” Jesus said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then He got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.” (Matthew 8:25-26) Here's the thing, although God is in control of all things, He gives us free will. He will not act on our behalf unless we ask Him to. During the storms of our life, when we are sinking, we must call out to Jesus who will rescue us. The more we ask, the more we receive.

How do I eliminate the storms in my life? By giving God, the authority to act on my behalf. When I give God the control and surrender my will to His will, I experience peace and calm even when storms brew around me. The disciples felt awe and wonder asking, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey Him?” This man is the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is our Lord and Savior.

What more do we need? His plans for us are to prosper us, to give us hope and a future. There is nothing to fear when we turn to Jesus and give God the control. Today, let’s reflect on the storms we are navigating and seek ways to surrender our control to God.

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