On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”
Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
A close look at today’s Gospel shows disciples who seem to be of two minds. After Jesus has calmed the storm, they are awestruck and surprised that he had the power over the sea. If they didn’t expect him to be able to calm the storm, what, then, were they hoping he would do? As he sleeps through the storm, they wake him and say “do you not care that we are perishing?” They wanted him to be awake and with them, even if they didn’t know that he could fix the problem.
How true is this in our own lives? The desire to have someone stay with us in scary, sad, or uncertain times is nearly universal. We seek a connection to someone so that we don’t feel alone. Throughout his ministry, Jesus was a companion to those who needed him.
Is someone in your life going through something and could use a bit of companionship? How can you reach out to that person to make it known that you are there?
—The Jesuit Prayer team
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.