Calming the Sea

January 29, 2022
Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Readings for Today


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. Mark 4:38-39

And there was great calm!  Though this is a reference to the quieting of the sea, it is also a message spoken about the turmoil we face at times in life.  Jesus wants to bring great calm to our lives.

It’s so very easy to get discouraged in life.  It’s so very easy to focus in on the chaos that is all around us.  Be it a harsh and biting word from another, a family problem, civil unrest, financial concerns, etc., there are plenty of reasons for each one of us to fall into the trap of fear, frustration, depression and anxiety.

But it was for this reason that Jesus allowed this event to take place with His disciples.  He got into the boat with His disciples and allowed them to experience a fierce storm while He slept, so that He could bring from this experience a clear and convincing message to us all.

In this story, the disciples focused in on one thing: They were perishing!  The sea was tossing them and they feared imminent disaster.  But through it all, Jesus was there sound asleep, waiting for them to wake Him.  And when they woke Him, He took control of the storm and brought perfect calm.  

The same is true in our lives.  We are so easily rattled by the stresses and difficulties of daily life.  We so often allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by problems we face.  The key is to turn our eyes to Jesus.  See Him there, before you, sleeping and waiting for you to rouse Him.  He is always there, always waiting, always ready.  

Waking our Lord is as simple as turning our eyes from the stormy sea and trusting in His divine presence.  It’s all about trust.  Total and unyielding trust.  Do you trust Him?

Reflect, today, upon that which causes you daily anxiety, fear or confusion.  What is it that appears to be tossing you here and there causing you stress and worry?  As you see this burden, see also Jesus there with you, waiting for you to come to Him in trust so that He can take control of every situation in life in which you find yourself.  He loves you and will indeed take care of you.

My sleeping Lord, I turn to You in the midst of the challenges of life and desire to rouse You to come to my aid.  I know You are always near, waiting for me to trust You in all things.  Help me to turn my eyes to You and to have faith in Your perfect love for me.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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Featured image above: Jesus Stilling the Tempest By James Tissot, via Wikimedia Commons