Friday, January 27, 2012

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm: Have Faith!

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
"Let us cross to the other side."
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"
He woke up,
rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?"
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
"Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"

In this passage, Jesus demonstrates his ability to control the weather. This miracle highlights his divinity. Another way we can interpret this story is that so often in our lives, we lose faith. When life gets rough, we accuse God of abandoning us, similar to how the disciples accuse Jesus of not caring. In this story, Jesus is reminding us that he is always near and that we should have faith. Trust in God is the hardest thing to do because so often we only trust ourselves. May we be given the grace to trust in God and not panic like the disciples on the boat. 

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