Posted by: livingscripture | January 30, 2016

Third Saturday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.  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?”  He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”* The wind ceased and there was a great calm.  (Mark 4: 37-38) 

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 The Lake of Tiberius is so large at Jesus’ times that it was called a sea.  Its location is such that when a storm erupts, the tempest is so strong it produces huge waves.  Thus, we can understand the anxiety of the disciples who tell Jesus with some shadow of reproof, “Do you not care that we are perishing?”  Their Teacher, in fact, seemed to be unconscious of the gravity of the situation.  He was fast asleep after a day of missionary fatigue.  But as soon as He awakens to what is happening, He shouts at the wind and orders the sea to calm itself.  Immediately, the tempest becomes a peaceful and serene lake.

First Mark tells how Jesus was taken into the boat.  He must certainly have been tired and His white tunic was no longer white and resplendent.  This is Jesus, fully human, who walked with them and shared everything with them, even climatic discomforts and tiredness.  It is precisely now, in seeing Him immediately awake, admonishing the wind and commanding the sea with strong shouts, that His divine power comes to the fore.

The violence of nature in a storm is not something of little import.  Here, it is like a gigantic shadow that is immediately devoured by the light of Christ’s power.  It is the power of a man who is fully human and at the same time, does not cease to be God and to show it when life events call on His intervention that is always one of love.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ponder this scene and let it reinforce my faith that Jesus is all powerful and ever with me to calm my tempests and those of the world.

Lord, thank You for always grasping me and amazing me with Your identity as God and as a human being in whom it is Love, and only Love, that dictates the Laws, Laws that are salvation. 

The Voice of Paul Claudel 

In the act of faith, there is always a time in which we need to close our eyes and throw ourselves into the water with an intrepid heart and without any apparent guarantee.

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