“In the face of unjust and painful situations, faith brings us the light which scatters the darkness….. Faith makes us open to the quiet presence of God at every moment of our lives, in every person and in every situation.” – Pope Francis: From His Cuba/U.S. visit in September 2015
Gospel Text: (MT 8:23-27)
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
Once again, Jesus has to chastise the disciples for their seeming lack of trust and faith in him! In retrospect, we really aren’t any different from the disciples in this regard! Like them, we know deep down that Jesus is in charge, always there for us and trustworthy and faithful. As the frail human beings we are, we forget, we jump to conclusions, we quickly judge, we just plain mess up! The scriptures are filled with the good news that Jesus is all about love, goodness, faith, trust, forgiveness. He always has our back even when we don’t want to believe it. It’s easy to trust in his goodness and love for us when things are going the way we want them to be. But, the first little storm that comes our way we get all up in arms and cry “ WHY?” and can fall into despair!
What we and these disciples have in common is the same gracious Lord Jesus. To each of us, no matter what dangers we face and no matter their origins, He responds by offering the “great calm” that is ours through faith.