On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. 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?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another. “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Mark 4: 35-41 Gospel for twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Like the apostles, we too have found ourselves in the midst of powerful and dangerous storms, where we have no control over the strong, driving wind or the waves that crash around us. Where is the Lord in the midst of this storm? He is in our hearts, just like he is on the calm and quiet days. We jump to conclusions on the rough days, assuming that Jesus has abandoned us. That would never happen – Jesus has promised to be with us all days till the end of time. We need to promise the same thing back to him.
Sr. Margie Niemer, Pastoral Administrator