Soul Food for Sundays
A Reflection for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
20th June 2021
26th June each year marks the United Nations (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
Many displaced people are survivors of torture. Some embark on a boat journey in the open seas, crossing international borders to seek protection. The kind of boats they use are often ramshackle, not sea-worthy, and overloaded. At the mercy of the elements and vulnerable to exploitation, they not only have to endure a storm at sea but also a storm in their hearts.
In the passage of Mark’s Gospel this Sunday (Mark 4:35-41), the vivid narrative of the stormy voyage of the disciples has a happy ending. They all reached safety and were filled with awe. For people forced to flee by boat, however, the storm-tossed situation and trauma often do not end on reaching the shore. In fact, after landing, these displaced people have to confront a hurricane of challenges of various sorts.
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