1/28/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reading: 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?”
1/28/2023 (Saturday) Today’s gospel reflection: Mark 4:35-41
The gospel reading above is one of the most familiar miracle stories of the bible and it has to be. It is because of the reality that most people go through and the hope that it brings. Life is full of difficulties. That is the reality and Jesus never told us that when we believe in Him, we become immune to troubles and unforeseen calamities. What He promised is that He will never leave us if we abide in Him (Matthew 28:20).
So how do we face the reality of “storms” in our life? The previous verses of chapter 4 in the gospel of St. Mark speak of the parables of the soil, the lamp, the growing seed and the mustard seed. His disciples heard all of these parables and they must have understood their meaning because Jesus explained to them in private (Mark 4:34). Their faith in Jesus starts to develop. Yet, the gospel above says that on that day, they were faced with a great storm. Perhaps this is to test their faith and Jesus questioned them, “where is your faith?”. At least, the disciples knew whom to seek help in time of need and Jesus did not disappoint them.
Like the disciples, we may have heard the gospels many many times already. Yet, have we grown in faith? Are we terrified whenever storms come our way? As we listen again to the words of the gospel, we must be grateful because we now know who is with us in our journey of faith. We have accepted Jesus as the Emmanuel, God with us. So let us be courageous enough to “cross over to the other shore” and be willing to pass through “storms”. We shall overcome knowing that God is almighty and He is in control of everything.
God bless you.