The Gospel for today, the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, once more shows the disciples on the journey to a deeper understanding of Jesus and his meaning for them – and us.
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep.
They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’
The disciples are revealed in all their frailty, a story told to allow us to benefit from their experience and to assist us in our living in communion with the master.
- What are the storms of your life?
- How did you , how are you, coping with them?
- Afraid or not, strong in faith or not, have you invited the Lord to quieten the storm and bring you to deeper trust, deeper security in his love?
Window in church of St Columbcille, Tory Island, Ireland. (c) 2002, Allen Morris.