Why are you terrified? – Tomorrow’s reading reflection


Lot was a holy man but he still had trouble following God’s will for him in certain moments, just as we see in the first reading.  He even had angels in front of him, that eventually had to forcefully lead him out by the hand- and still he resisted.  

The disciples are holy men.  We call them saints, meaning they are legitimate witnesses to us of how to live the Christian life.  Despite their holiness, however, Jesus says to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”  Despite their holiness they fail to following him perfectly.  As John would say later, it is “perfect love [that] drives out fear.”  They weren’t loving perfectly because they lacked faith.

Holiness does not mean perfection.  Nor does perfection mean holiness or none of us would be holy since none of us is perfect.

So in your imperfection, realize you can still be holy.  Cry out to the Lord in your distress and storms in life.  Better that then to think you can calm the storm yourself.  Only One can calm the storms of life.

Here are some helpful verses from the Psalms that the disciples were surely aware of when Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures in their sight:

In their distress they cried to the LORD,
who brought them out of their peril;
He hushed the storm to silence,
the waves of the sea were stilled.
They rejoiced that the sea grew calm,
that God brought them to the harbor they longed for. (Ps 107:28-30)

You still the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples. (Ps 65:8)