Sunday, March 1, 2015
Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)
This story reminds me of when Jonah fled God's call to preach to Nineveh. He, too, was asleep in the boat when the storm came upon them. Both Jonah and Jesus seem to be sound sleepers!
When the captain awakens Jonah, he also asks Jonah to help them by praying so that they will not perish.
|Sometimes we are caught by the waves in life.|
The difference here is that Jonah was disobedient while Jesus remains faithful to God's call.
Jesus then shows divine power by calming the winds and the waves which utterly stuns the disciples.
The disciples originally question the compassion of Jesus because of their fear.
We might also do this when we are suffering. Have you ever asked God, "Don't you care?"
It is not an easy thing to have faith when the waves are swamping us.
Mark seems to be telling us to trust. How will you relax in the presence of God today?
Prayer from Rubem Alves, Brazil, 20th century:
make me sensitive to all the evidences of your goodness;
and may I, trusting in you,
free myself of the terror of death,
and feel free to live intensely and happily
the life you have given me. Amen.
Prayer from I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body
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