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 great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? (Mark 4: 37-40)
Today, Mark narrates the episode of the violent squall and it calls to mind the small and big ‘squalls’ that often hit the boat of our life. This situation is difficult for us as well. There can even arise the doubt that Jesus has forgotten, that He is sleeping. Then our faith begins to waver and fear enters in. When this happens, we need to ask ourselves how we are viewing the painful things that happen to us. Do we see them with true faith or through the eyes of the current mentality or even bent over ourselves? Is it not lack of faith that makes it seem that everything is against us and that every difficulty seems like an insurmountable mountain?
When this happens, we need to keep our mind and heart fixed on the last words of Jesus that close the Gospel of Matthew. He reassures us, “Behold, I am with you all days, to the end of time” (Mt. 28:20). Let us ‘wake up’ Jesus who is always present in our boat, with faith and with our total abandonment to Him. Then our boat will not sink!
Lord, make the faith of the Christian people strong so that we do not exalt in success nor become discouraged in the tempest, but in every event, let us recognize that You are present and accompany us in the journey of history. Amen.
The voice of St. Peter Chrisologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Every time Jesus is asleep in the boat of our life, when our lazy ease makes Him sleep in us, the tempest breaks out with all the strength of the winds…It is really a huge, powerful storm that threatens us on all sides and attacks us with a terrifying and disastrous hurricane…But, as we have said, Christ is asleep in our boat; let us turn to Him more with our faith than with our body. Let us shake Him, not with desperate gestures, but with works of mercy. Let us waken Him, not with disordered shouts, but with spiritual canticles, with persevering tears.