Saturday, January 30, 2016

Reflection: Mark 4:35-41

Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time – Mark 4:35-41

The Gospel reading for today is the story of the storm at sea.  Jesus and his disciples are on the shore of the sea.  He says to his disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.”  Jesus and the disciples got into the boat and started to row to the other side of the lake. 

While they were crossing the sea, a violent storm arose.  The waves were high and their boat began to fill with water.  Jesus, however, was oblivious to the storm.  He was sound asleep in the boat.  Finally, the disciples woke him.  They said to him, “Teacher do you not care that we may perish?”

Jesus then rebuked the wind and the waves.  He said: “Quiet!  Be still!”   Immediately, the wind ceased and the waves of the sea became calm.  Jesus turned to his disciples and asked: “Why were you afraid?  Do you not yet believe in me?  Do you not have faith?”  The disciples were filled with awe and amazement.  They looked at one another and asked, “Who is this man whom the wind and sea obey?”

Can you remember a time in your life when you experienced a ferocious storm?  You may not have been on a body of water but you may have believed that you would perish.  It may have been a death of a loved one, the loss of a job, financial difficulties, or a life-threatening medical condition.

How did you respond to this situation?  Did you trust Jesus?  Or did you react as the disciples did to the storm at sea: with fear and trembling?  Did you lose faith in God and Jesus?  During painful and difficult times, it is natural to question Jesus.  Yet, we need Jesus especially during the confusing and frightening times in our life.  Do we cry out to him as the disciples did or do we remain silent? 

Jesus wants us to cry out to him and Jesus will respond to our need, our pain and our fear.  Most likely, the situation will not immediately be resolved, but Jesus will strengthen us and walk with us each and every day.  He will not leave our side.  One day, the sun will shine again!

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