(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?”
The story about Jesus calming the storm at sea reminds us of an important truth. Following Jesus does not guarantee a life that is free from crises or “storms”. Nevertheless, we are assured that Jesus Our Lord is present in the various storms of our life. More often than not we interpret the crises, difficulties or problems we face as manifestations of God’s disfavor. What the Gospel tells us can give us a lot of comfort: He is neither absent nor uncaring; the Lord Jesus is with us right in the middle of the storm. He will not allow us to perish. He has all the power to calm the storms of our life if we approach Him in faith, seeking his divine assistance.
The boat is often taken as a symbol of the Church that is tossed about by the waves of crises. But, as He promised to Simon Peter, the Lord Jesus is always with His Church. Even when He seems asleep, He “will never allow the powers of evil to prevail against it” (Matthew 16: 18)
Daily Gospel 2017