Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Even with Jesus asleep in their boat, the Disciples panicked in a storm. Awakened, Jesus made a quick comment about their lack of faith and calmed the wind, waves, and His friends. Forgiving the sins of a paralyzed man failed to convince skeptics of Jesus’ authority, at least until He cured the paralysis, too. Deeming some manmade rules useless, Jesus said that no one puts new wine into old wineskins, because fermentation would burst skins already stretched to the limit. Likewise, putting a new patch on old cloth would pull at a tear when the new fabric shrunk. People speculated about Jesus’ identity, but Peter finally realized that He was the Christ. Feeling overwhelmed, torn, or pushed to the limit, why do we pray as if the Lord needs awakening?