June 30, 2020

Mt 8: 23-27

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.

Do not be afraid!

“Why are you afraid?” The Lord asks his disciples this question because he sees fear and despair in them. The disciples forget that it is the Lord who is on the boat. He is always on the boat of life, so the most important thing is to realize that he is with us.

But we are constantly facing a temptation to stay on the shores of life because we are comfortable there, safely away from the danger of storms. We do not want to get on the boat with others because we are afraid to sail, we are afraid to go where the Lord leads us.

Once again, Jesus invites us to trust in him, he invites us not to be afraid because he calms all storms. Let us meditate on those areas of our life where the Lord is asking us not to be afraid.

Ronald Ruiz Gill, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Central American Province who studies philosophy at the ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Lord, you are in control of the boat of my life. Grant me the grace to continue trusting in you and to be able to resist life’s strong winds and storms. Come with me and guide me always. Amen.

—Ronald Ruiz Gill, SJ

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