January 29 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Mark 4:35-41

A reading from the gospel according to Mark 4:35-41:

35 On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.”
36 Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him.
37 A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
38 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?”
39 He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
40 Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
41 They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Reflection: Jesus Calms

In the gospel reading, Jesus was sleeping when His disciples were experiencing a strong storm that was about to break their boat. They were terrified and didn’t know what to do so they turned to Jesus. After Jesus calmed the sea, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. He has enough reasons to do so. Previously, they have witnessed the power of Jesus through the miracles of healing and casting out of demons. Yet when the storm came to their life, they forgot that in their midst is Jesus, the miracle worker. Their faith in Him has not developed yet.

In life, we encounter a lot of storms, both the literal and figurative. Sometimes, they are so strong as to break our faith and push us to cry out, “Lord, do you not care?” At other moments, we feel despondent and start to think God is sleeping or has abandoned us. Yet in those moments of trials, Jesus comes to calm our storm and we could hear His voice questioning us, “Where is your faith? Why are you terrified?”

Be still. Be strong. Be calm. Do not be afraid. These are the messages of our gospel today. Storms do come but like the physical storms, they don’t last. Yes, they may leave us scared and scarred but we have a God who is more powerful than the most powerful storms. Let us have faith in Him.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for January 29, 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for January 29, 2022

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