Lessons from the Sea

Readings for Sunday, June 23 —  12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jb 38:1, 8-11; 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Lk 7:16; Mk 4:35-41 

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • Focus on the imagery of creation and control in today’s first reading. What message do you think this imagery is trying to convey? How can you relate to this parental imagery even as a young adult?
  • In the psalm from today, we hear the sea imagery continue, which started in the first reading. What message is this imagery trying to convey? Why do you think the sea is such a central focus of so much of today’s liturgy? What sort of symbolism might the element of the sea suggest? Do you believe that God can calm the turbulence and crashing waves of your own life?
  • Meditate on the second reading and ask yourself: What does the love of Christ compel me to do? Share, if you feel comfortable.
  • In the Gospel reading, Jesus asks the disciples why they are terrified. What do you think their response would be? What is “terrifying” to you in your life right now? What would Christ say to you in response?