Saturday 27 January 2018

About Today Readings

Ss Timothy and Titus, St Angela Merici.

2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17. Psalm 50(51):12-17. Mark 4:35-41.

Create a clean heart in me, O God—Psalm 50(51):12-17.

‘Faith doesn’t have all of the answers.’

I can relate to the disciples in today’s reading.

They find themselves on a boat in the midst of a terrible storm, and Jesus is asleep. They cry out to him in fear, and he challenges them in their faith.

When I get on a plane, I feel trepidation. I’m afraid of turbulence, and often find myself clutching a crucifix when flying.

Yet these moments of anxiety can be the source of my most fervent prayer. The elevated heart rate and sweaty palms often lead to closed eyes, clenched teeth, and also remarkable concentration.

I realise in those moments that while I have faith, I don’t have all of the answers.

We don’t understand the entire Gospel message, but nor did the Disciples on the boat that day, and they were with Jesus every day.

And so, it is at times of fear, when the storm clouds well up that perhaps we might call out

in prayer, saying,

‘Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?’

 

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