JAN. 30. ORDINARY TIME (B) WK. 3. SAT. MK. 4. 35-41
Updated: Aug 22
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’
This reading and lesson is commonly used to illustrate the “storms” that we all have to deal with during our short time here on earth. These are times when our circumstances and the forces of nature appear to be in control, and we seem to have no control!
We all have a natural desire to want our lives to play out “the way we want”, but it is interesting to note how often nature, or other people, or God, prevent our desires and plans from being fulfilled, and this can lead some people to despair, or to even give up!
But Christ tells us in the Gospels, and in this reading, we need to have Faith and Trust in the Wisdom, Love and Mercy of our Creator! The problem for many of us is we think we are the.ones in control; - overlooking what our Faith teaches, namely that God is the one in Control!
Faith is so important for the living of daily life because it puts our Creator at the centre of life rather than ourselves; - a truth that is very easy to forget or overlook; - which is one of the reasons the “storms” in our life have a very important role to play!
They force us to turn to; - and keep our eyes on; - God our Creator, something that Christ made clear in this reading; - “Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?”
This is a question we need to ponder regularly, particularly when we are experiencing trials and difficulties, because it causes us to turn to God; - to keep our eyes on him as our Creator; - and to see the need and importance of Prayer!
When we view our “storms” in this light we can also see how they are good for us, and how they reveal God’s Wisdom and Love! In contrast, if our wishes were constantly acceded to we would have no “storms”, and our hearts would slowly drift away from our Creator!
And this same reasoning can also be applied to other areas of Christian Life, particularly the need for self-denial, mortification, Charity and the Cross; - all areas where our natural inclination is to put ourselves first; - a desire Christ wants us to resist; -for the love of God!
And this is the whole reasoning behind our “storms”, our “sufferings”, our “Crosses”, our “Self-denial”, the practice of “Charity” and our “Prayers”; - they are all constantly calling on us to put the Will of God; - and Christ’s teachings; - before our own desires and concerns!
In the same way Christ put our interests and needs ahead of his own! But sadly, we find this approach to life conflicts with our own desires; - which is why Faith is so necessary for us!
Gospel Acclamation Jn3:16
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son,
that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
First reading Hebrews 10:32-39 · We are the sort who keep faithful
Remember all the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to insults and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you happily accepted being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. Be as confident now, then, since the reward is so great. You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.
Only a little while now, a very little while,
and the one that is coming will have come; he will not delay.
The righteous man will live by faith,
but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him.
You and I are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faithful until our souls are saved.