First Reading: Job: 38 1, 8 - 11
Responsorial Psalm: 107:23 – 24, 25 – 26, 28 – 29, 30 - 31
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14 - 17
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35 - 41
Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading, the disciples were so much frightened by a violent
squall which came up and caused so strong waves of water when they were sailing. The
waves were breaking the boat so that the water was filling up. At that time Jesus was fast
asleep in the boat. Fear engulfed the disciples and they did know what to do except going
to wake up Jesus by shouting to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Jesus woke up and immediately rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and the sea was great calm. Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you
terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” In today’s First reading, the Lord addressed Job out
of the storm and said, “Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the
womb; when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands?” In
both readings, God is clearly manifested to all powers, almighty. There is no any
principalities which can surpass the power of God. Jesus calms down the storm which
threatened to destroy the disciples just by his word. The Lord invites Job to realize that it
was him who created heavens and earth and put everything where they belong whether
the sea or the dry land by the power of his word. We are all called to have faith in God
and recognize him to be in charge of every situation we can think of. Most of the times
we are crowned by ignorance and arrogance to think that we are in control of our affairs.
We want to exclude God not to interfere with our plans of life. When we are successful in
our own life, we think God as interference. We want to exclude him. Even when we
believe on the power of God, a number of times we allow fears to reign in our lives and
forget of the omnipresence nature of God. God is always here and now in our lives. Fears
take away our confidence that God is here and he is always in control. Fears make us to
search help from other gods to help us. We tend to seek help from our own wisdom or
experiences. Most of the disciples who were lifelong fishermen and had spent many years
in the waters came to realize that they were perishing. In the midst of such a threat, they
surrendered themselves to Jesus. They woke him up from sleep. They invoked his name.
They sought his intervention. Jesus responded to them and calmed the stormed. Let’s turn
to God all the times knowing that he is all powers. The psalmist says, “My help comes
from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will
neither slumber nor sleep, the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night,”
(Psalm 121:1). Having this knowledge and faith invites us to, “Give thank to the Lord, for
his love is everlasting.” Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine.