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The good news for the day June 28

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time (374) 

One time when Jesus got into a regular boat, his students got in, too. All at once, a terrifying storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; Jesus kept on sleeping. The others came and woke him up: “Sir, save us! We’re going to die!” He said to them, “Why are you so scared? You do not have much faith.” Then he stood, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there came a great calm. The people were amazed, “What sort of man is this,” they said, “that winds and sea obey him?” (Matthew 8)

You can reach a lasting condition of calm. It is heard to describe because so many people are intense, angry, ambitious, always-thinking, always doing. Along with—and as part of maturity—is the realization that storms come. If you have ever faced—or been near—a blizzard, a California forest fire, a flood in mountain valleys or winds and rain of a hurricane, you understand that sometimes Life is Really Rough—and you are in danger of dying.

Our story here has two levels. When your bodily life is in danger, you can be resolute, calm, and accepting. You can turn for help and have faith God will provide. You do your best, and then confront what comes next. You do what you can to face the task squarely, bravely.

Then there are authentic threats that trouble your heart—depression, frustration, loneliness, and doubt. You feel unappreciated, worn down, crucified—someone you love has terminal cancer, you live with a mother with dementia, you get worn out…and such an inner storm requires a growing faith—the one no one sees—the joy of choosing to believe, to do the Father’s will—the leap, when the crunch comes, to accept what IS.

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