And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
There is no passage in Scripture that leads us away from trust. Rather, the Gospels are a continual invitation to place our faith in Jesus. There are three ways to proceed through life. We can trust in nothing, we can trust in ourselves, or we can trust in God. The first is pure cynicism, the next is egotism, and the final is Christianity. We are often tempted to stray from the true way of trust, but even then we must trust that Christ will calm the storm in this life or the next.
Fr. Louis Lallemant, French Jesuit spiritual master of the early 17th century, would often bring everything back to faith. He writes, “We must endeavor to ground ourselves more and more firmly in faith, walking always in its light, putting it in the place of [human] reason.” In our lives, resistance to faith often manifests as fear. What am I afraid of? Can I trust in God?
Father of all nations and ages, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations; for what has been achieved we give you thanks, for the work that still remains we ask your help, and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation, grant that, under your providence, our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
—Preface for Mass on Independence Day
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