The Calming of a Storm at Sea

June 20, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JB 38:1, 8-11 PS 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 2 COR 5:14-17

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MK 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”


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Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (Feast Day June 22)

1469-6/22/1535, 1478-7/6/1535

John Fisher was born in England in 1469. After he was ordained a priest, the royal family appointed him tutor for Prince Henry, who became King Henry VIII. In 1504, Fisher became bishop of Rochester, and also chancellor of Cambridge University. Henry, then king, was proud to be his friend.

All this changed when King Henry wanted to divorce his wife and marry another woman. Henry’s request for a divorce was refused by the pope (because, in the eyes of the Church, marriage is permanent), and Bishop Fisher supported this decision. He was strong enough to resist signing the document siding with King Henry, even though all the other bishops of England had signed it. Six months later, King Henry had parliament wrte another document claiming that Henry was supreme head of the Catholic Church in England. Again, Bishop Fisher refused to sign. This made the king angry. The bishop was sentenced to prison in 1534 on the charge of high treason. Fisher was kept in prison for 14 months without a trial. In June of 1535, he was condemned to death by beheading.

Thomas More was born in 1477. Thomas was married and had four children. He was a shrewd lawyer and eventually became the chancellor of England, which is the highest-ranking judicial office in England. Thomas was a charming, witty man, who won the friendship of the king. That friendship changed when King Henry asked Thomas to approve of the divorce he wanted. When Thomas refused, the king became angry. Then when Thomas refused to sign the Oath of Supremacy, he was sent to prison. He was kept for more than a year in the Tower of London. The king tried hard to make him change his mind, but Thomas stood firm. He knew this stand would mean certain death for him and disgrace for his family, but he followed his conscience. Finally, after suffering for a long time, Thomas was led out to be beheaded on July 6.

The stories of John Fisher and Thomas More are a reminder of the importance of religious liberty and the importance of witnessing our faith in the public sphere. Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More teach us that this can only come about through Christians with courageous conscience, being faithful to truth, and having a proper understanding of the relationship between church and state.


Take time to chat

·       Share a time when you were in a big storm. Were you scared? Did you pray to God for help?

·       What would it have been like to witness the wind and the sea obey Jesus’ command to be still?

·       Why do you think Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”

What are the similarities between the stories of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More?


Recipe of the week

BBQ Shrimp

You will be “filled with great awe” when you try this shrimp recipe!

3-lbs. shrimp, deveined

12 Tbsp. butter, melted

4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

juice of 1 lemon

2 cloves of garlic

3 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

2 tsp. Cajun/Emeril Seasoning

3 tsp. hot sauce

1 ½ tsp. French black pepper

olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Put in larger baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 375 F until pink. Once done, toss several times. Serve over pasta or rice and with warm crusty bread.


Family Fun

Get to Know Your Father

In today’s Gospel, the disciples questioned Jesus’ concern for them. One way we show we care about someone is to take an interest in what matters them. On this Father’s Day, spend some time learning more about your father or someone who is a father-figure in your family. You may be surprised to learn something new! Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

·       What is your middle name?

·       If you could do anything to help people, what would you do?

·       What is your favorite dessert?

·       If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?

·       What was your favorite subject in 2nd grade?

·       How old were you when you were Confirmed? What do you remember about it?

·       What is your least favorite vegetable?

·       What did you want to be when you grew up?

·       What is one of your favorite experiences of God?


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

Pray this prayer before bedtime to let the peace of Christ envelop your family.

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In the Prayers of the Faithful, we offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. How do we respond to each of those prayers?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Write out the verse from Isaiah 41:10 and place it in a spot that will be a daily reminder for your family to trust God in times of fear: “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” – Isaiah 41:10.

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Fun Facts!

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The Sea of Galilee's location makes it subject to sudden and violent storms as the wind comes over the eastern mountains and drops suddenly onto the sea, which is 700 feet below sea level. Storms are especially likely when an east wind blows cool air over the warm air that covers the sea. The cold air (being heavier) drops as the warm air rises. This sudden change can produce surprisingly furious storms in a short time, just as it did in Jesus' day.