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'Midsummer Sunset'
  From the archive 10 years ago today to mark the Summer Solstice which takes place today

Photo was taken from Tullig facing Millstreet, Co.Cork (Irl)
Today (June 21st) is Midsummer's Day. The sun went down gently in a yellow ball surrounded by layers of orange colour over Millstreet, Co.Cork
Thought For Today

With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us cross over to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, 'Master, do you not care? We are going down!' And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?' They were filled with awe and said to one another, 'Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.' ~Mark 4: 35-41

The following reflection has been written by Rev.Joseph Cassidy

In the story about the storm at sea, Jesus calms the storm, the disciples are terrified and he questions their lack of faith. All I can say is 'Our Lord mustn't be in every boat!'. He mustn't have been in the Titanic because that one went down. He mustn't have been in all the merchant ships sent to the bottom of the sea by the U-boats during World War II. An awful lot of ships and planes have gone down with people who trusted in the Lord. Trust is no defence against a torpedo. Trust alone won't keep a boat afloat.

In the course of my life, I've prayed very hard for people who were very dear to me. I put my trust in God as they did. It didn't stop them suffering and it didn't stop them from dying. You've had the same experience. I know it. So whatever the story about the storm at the sea might mean, it cannot mean that if you put your trust in God everything is going to be just fine. Unfortunately that's not the case.

So what does it mean? Well, I think it means that when terrible things happen to us, by way of sickness or death, no matter how abandoned we may feel, God is there behind us. God is there in the thick of it. God is the one who will ultimately make sense of it and put the whole jig saw in place. Even though we sometimes don't know what God is at, according to Jesus it's safe to trust him. 'Why are you so frightened', 'Have you still no faith?'.

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