“Every mental act is composed of doubt and belief, but it is belief that is the positive, it is belief that sustains thought and holds the world together.” ― Søren Kierkegaard (Danish philosopher, theologian, & poet)
Gospel Text: (MK 4:35-41)
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus 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?”
In today's Gospel, Jesus calls us to new life, saying "Let us cross to the other side." He's asking us to "leave the crowd" behind and walk with him. Think of that...! We're not left alone because he wants us to journey with him. However, He doesn't promise an easy road...
God, you’re kidding, right?
This can often times be our response when God asks us to do something big.
Can he seriously be asking us to walk through this storm and pain?
What kind of “good and loving” God would do that?
When I read this passage and when I reflect on experiences in my own life,
I reason that God is asking us to really believe, trust and have faith.
His power is not limited to the Old Testament. God is still alive today,
doing big things in ordinary lives. He might ask us to make sacrifices, but
it is not so that we may suffer—it is so that we might live according to His
What is it that God is calling us to today? What are we being asked to leave behind
as we "cross to the other side" with Jesus? Will we be safe through the journey?
Will we know truly The Peace that the world cannot give? If we let Jesus lead our
walk, you bet your britches we will.