Reflection on Mark 4:35-41
I have been tossed about in wave after wave of discomfort(s). I have forgotten that Jesus is just a thought away. I know that the Holy Spirit’s gift of courage is in every breath, yet I had to be reminded that unceasing prayer is necessary to melt distractions away. Sometimes our faith becomes as thin as a spiders strand in these worst of times, wavering in the wind, but not lost. In our own defense, the disciples who could touch Jesus, spent time discovering weakness without Jesus.
Jesus Stilling the Tempest, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Mark 4 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Stills a Storm
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 4:35-41.