O Jesus, calm the storms in my own life.
Picture the fearful disciples in the boat, while Jesus calms the sea.
Mark begins a series of 5 stories showing Jesus’ power. In this first calming of the sea (Jesus does it a second time in 6:45-52), Jesus is in the boat. The text highlights the disciples waking him up (before the miracle) and their awe at his power (after the miracle).
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- There were many boats but Jesus travels in the boat with his disciples. He wants them to witness his power.
- The wind and the sea are symbols of demonic chaos that can destroy our desire to be good disciples.
- The disciples have faith. They wake Jesus up, wanting the storm to be ended.
- However, if they had greater faith, they would have left him sleeping.
- Faith believes in Jesus, whether he is awake or asleep.
- He rebukes the wind and the sea, just as he rebuked the devils in his exorcisms.
- As always, peace overcomes the chaos.
- The apostles know that only God can tame the wind and sea. So, they ask, “Who is this Jesus?”
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, travel in my boat. You are always welcome.
- When chaos and evil surround me, You alone are my safeguard.
- When I awaken you, you always help me.
- Let me imitate the Little Flower, who allowed you to sleep even when the storms raged.
- You can sleep, Jesus and still care for me.
- You are Lord. You are God. You are Saviour. You are Redeemer. You are powerful. I am weak.
Resolutions: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
+ I will never begin a task without having Jesus in my boat.
+ I will always believe that his power can do all things.