12th Sunday in OT: Crossing to the Other Side

The blog is back. It was not a planned break, but too many things accumulated that made it difficult for me to post. Thank you to those who contacted me to ask about the posts, it meant the world to me.

After two months of all kinds of solemnities—beginning in Easter we have celebrated the Ascension, Pentecost, the Holy Trinity, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and at my parish we also transferred the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus last weekend—we softly land into Sundays in Ordinary Time. We do it in this coming Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time with an amazing gospel (Mark 4:35-41): Jesus commands his disciples to “cross to the other side” and in the crossing the community encounters a storm. A holy storm.

To illustrate the lesson I find in this gospel, I would like to quote famous American psychologist Abraham Maslow, when he said, “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” Because this is exactly what crossing to the other side means: to grow. Which is what Jesus wanted his disciples (of then and of now) to do. Growth can only be accomplished when we “cross to the other side,” when we venture into uncharted territory, far from our zones of comfort, from the things we have always done in the ways we have always done them.

When we cross to the other side we will find a holy storm, like the one the disciples found. If we leave safe shore and we cross to our “other sides” then inevitably the winds of doubt and the clouds of fear will appear. But Jesus, the one who commands us to cross to the other side also commands the storm. And the one who commands the storm will also take us through it and bless our journey of growth.

While the command to cross to the other side is something we all have in common, what this “other side” means may be different for each and every one of us, definitely a good spiritual reflection to ponder about this week.

Blog Pic, Holy StormBlog Pic, Maslow

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