June 28 2022 Gospel and Other Readings With Reflection

First Reading – Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12

1 Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:
2 You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your crimes.
3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something?
5 Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything?
6 If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If evil befalls a city, has not the LORD caused it?
7 Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets.
8 The lion roars who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks who will not prophesy!
11 I brought upon you such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: you were like a brand plucked from the fire; Yet you returned not to me, says the LORD.
12 So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm – Psalms 5:4B-6A, 6B-7, 8

Response: Lead me in your justice, Lord.

At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
Response: Lead me in your justice, Lord.

You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
Response: Lead me in your justice, Lord.

But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.
Response: Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Alleluia – Psalms 130:5

Response: Alleluia, alleluia.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
Response: Alleluia, alleluia.

6/28/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading – Matthew 8:23-27

23 As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
24 Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.
25 They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 He 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.
27 The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

6/28/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Jesus Calms the Storm

After listening to great teachings and witnessing many miracles, the disciples were excited to follow Jesus. Yet as they were enjoying a boat ride with the Master, a violent storm suddenly came up and they were terrified. We could imagine their initial conversation. Perhaps one of them asked, “Is this what we deserve? After following Jesus, we experience storm?”. Jesus was correct after all. Following Him is not a bed of roses.

The gospel reading above is teaching us to be ready to experience storms in our Christian life. We all encounter difficulties, problems, persecutions and other unhappy situations in our life even after many years of following Jesus. Yet as the same passage tells us, we have Jesus with us. He may be asleep sometimes so that our prayers go unanswered but when we truly call on Him, He “wakes up” and responds positively to our needs. He is in control of our life even when we are in the darkest moments. Let us therefore keep the faith and not terrified.

For further reflection, go here.

Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 28 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for June 28, 2022

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