“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? He woke up, rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”.

As we are in the first month of this year’s hurricane season, we ask the Lord through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor to spare us from all harm and protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature.

The Word of God today reminds us that Jesus is with us through all the joys and sorrows of life. He is “in the boat” of life with us, during calm and peaceful times, and during times of distress and difficulty. The “storms of life” come to us in many different ways, causing us to be worried and fearful, and may be even question and doubt if God is with us. There are personal and family problems, health issues, relationships that need healing and reconciliation. Many people have cried out “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? Jesus’ response is always the same. “Quiet, be still, I am with you always.

Each day we bring to the Lord in prayer all the storms we are experiencing in life and ask him for the grace and strength to remember that his Holy Spirit is within us, protecting us, sustaining us and empowering us to face the storms of life with trust, hope and faith. The Lord also wants us to reach out and support all those in our lives who are struggling with their storms. Let us be an anchor of hope for all those in need.

Lord we thank you for being with us through all the joys and sorrows of life. We thank you for all those people in our lives, who have calmed our fears, shared our burdens and encouraged us to persevere. Increase our faith and trust in you so that we may always find in you a safe harbor amid all the storms of life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.