Saturday 30 January 2021

About Today Readings

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people—Luke 1:69-75. Mark 4:35-41.

Even the wind and the sea obey him

Mark’s portrayal of Jesus as a liberator who confronts destructive powers is evident in today’s Gospel reading. Unlike the sleeping Jonah who was cast overboard in a similar emergency, Jesus rises to the occasion and quells the turbulent waters to the relief and amazement of his disciples. They had reason to recall the psalmist’s words: ‘You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them’ (Ps 89:9).

The disciples’ question ‘Who is this?’ is also my question in the face of life’s mysteries and personal crises. With a trusting heart I turn to the one in whom I live and move and have my being; and I make my own the prayer of the Breton fisherman: ‘Lord, be good to me. Your sea is so great, and my boat is so small.’

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