Posted by: frburke23 | June 30, 2013

Thought for Monday, 13th Week of Ordinary Time

Matthew 8:23-27

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


I’m sorry that my posts have been sporadic and sparse recently.  After teaching the class on spirituality in Omaha, I went to Mexico last week to interview a few possible candidates for the seminary.  Today I am heading out for a two-week vacation.  So there probably will not be any/many posts during the next two weeks.

In today’s reading, we read that Jesus got into a boat.  In Scripture, a boat is a symbol of the Church.  The boat can also represent our individual life journey.  We are on a journey and sometimes the winds and waves get rough, much like the very difficult times that we face in life.

Jesus was asleep in the depths of the boat when the storm arose.  Reading this from the point of view that the boat is our individual life can mean the following:  The Lord lives in our hearts/souls.  If we do nothing to stir up the Lord within our hearts (prayer, Scripture, good works), it is as if the Lord is asleep in our souls.  When storms arise in our lives, our immediate reaction is fear.  That is when we seek the Lord desperately for help.  “Lord save us!  We are perishing!”

Another reading with the boat as the Church can mean the following:  Jesus is at the center of the Church.  When He fell asleep, Jesus is entrusting the Church to His disciples to steer the Church on the journey.  He is always there to help us when there is a storm.  Jesus once said to Peter when He gave Peter the keys to the kingdom, “The gates of hell will never prevail over the Church.”

Jesus shows us His power – even nature obeys His commands.  So if we stay close to the Lord, we can count on Him to save us from every trial and tribulation that comes our way.

I would imagine that you have other thoughts that come to mind when you pray with this Scripture.  That is the beauty of Lectio Divina and the Living Word of God.  It can mean something different to each one of us each time we read it.  The Word speaks to our hearts in our situation in life.  He is always reaching out to us in love to give us His consolation, love and mercy.

Do you take the Lord for granted?

Do you only call out to the Lord when times are difficult?

Do you trust that the Lord is always present, always ready to rescue us when the storm arrives?

God bless,

Fr. Burke



  1. Excellent, Father Burke! I belong to St. Richard parish in Jackson, and everyone was very impressed by the mission you gave here. Have a great vacation.

    Mark Caraway

    Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 04:26:17 +0000 To:

  2. Never thought of this reading in this way. You give great insight and wisdom to the readings. Have a wonderful vacation!

  3. Enjoy your vacation. Peace be with You. God Bless. Your post will be missed.

    Thanks for all you do….

    You will be in our Prayers,

  4. Thank you for the update—-will definitely miss the readings, but have a safe/fun vacation.



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