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21st June 2015: 12th Sun B

posted 29 Jun 2015, 05:48 by Jerry Laidler   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 ]

HB & Hw

"Master, do you not care? We are going down!" We have all been there. We may not say it in  so many words, but we all think it. "Master, do you not care? We are going down!" It is the articulation of our lack o faith. Of course the Master cares.

"Every hair on your head has been counted so there is no need to be afraid" Mt.lo.30.

Our lack of faith is understandable. It is also somewhat pathetic, given the simple message of today's readings: all things, even the seas obey Him. We just don't give God credit. But when all comes to all, the chaos and the evil we undoubtedly experience can only be controlled by the God revealed in Jesus.

So we are challenged. We are challenged to journey into the depths of faith in Jesus, to let go. "Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief”. We are challenged to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the love of Christ. This love swamps us. It is unrelenting. It is pure gift, unearned, undeserved and unexpected. This love buoys us up in every circumstance in life.

Nothing but nothing can sink us.  

And Jesus says, "Quiet now, be calm." Mk. 4.39. Jesus speaks to our storm. Jesus speaks to. us. "Quiet now, be calm." Jesus reminds us to trust in God in the calm as well as the storm. And it takes time. It takes time to create the quiet moments in our busy, storm-tossed lives. Quiet moments to be with God. 

But then when we do make space we recognize His voice and His calming, consoling words. And joy comes with the calm. We recognize that inspite of ourselves and our upheavals we have been led to the haven that deep, deep down, we have yearned for all the time. Remarkable and wonderful, we experience even in our seemingly ungodliness the workings of the Lord.

So what's the message? Even though we do not understand~ it is safe to trust our God.

"Why are you so frightened," Jesus says, "Have you still no faith?" As John Henry Newman writes:

". ...I will trust him. Whatever, wherever I am I can never be thrown away If I am in sickness my sickness may serve him In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about.

He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink hide my future from me Still he knows what he is about."