Posted by: liturgicalyear | July 2, 2013

Jesus rebukes the wind and the waves

Today’s gospel always brings a song to my heart!  One of my favorite Christian artists, Twila Paris, writes and performs her own music. Many years ago, she wrote a song based on this passage from today’s liturgy:

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?” (Mt 8:23-27)

Twila’s lyrics point to the storms in our hearts that draw our gaze away from Jesus and cause we of little faith to believe, “we are perishing!”

Take a few minutes to listen to Peace, Be Still, Make a conscious decision to quiet your heart and trust in the Lord of the universe who holds your winds and waves in the palm of his hand and listen to his quiet voice. 

Lord, Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner!  Anne

Peace, Be Still by Twila Paris

There Is An Ocean Surrounding Me
Mostly the Water Is Calm
Just Enough Breeze to Keep Me Sailing
I Feel Sage and Warm
Angry Winds Blow Suddenly
How This World Can Threaten Me
Then the Master Speaks With Sure Authority

Chorus
Peace Be Still, Peace Be Still
Peace Be Still to the Wind and the Waves
Peace Be Still, Peace Be Still
Peace Be Still and the Ocean Obeys

There Is An Ocean Inside My Heart
Mostly the Water Is Calm
Just Enough Breeze to Keep Me Sailing
I Feel Safe and Warm
Angry Winds Blow Suddenly
I Become a Churning Sea
Then I Hear a Quiet Voice–he Says to Me

Repeat Chorus

Angry Winds Blow Suddenly
I Become a Churning Sea
Then I Hear a Quiet Voice–he Says to Me

Repeat Chorus

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