Gospel: Mk 4.35-41 is the text about Jesus stilling the storm. The disciples ask Jesus, as they are awakening Him, if He doesn’t care that they are perishing? A better question, if the disciples had known who Jesus really was, would have been: Is it possible for us to perish with the Ruler of the Universe here in the boat with us? But they didn’t know––and so He chides them. But the text concludes after Jesus has stilled the storm, that the disciples are even more afraid because they realize who their Companion really is, and it terrifies them. And well it should since they were in the presence of the King of kings, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Is the story incredible? Yes, it is as long as we too fail to recognize who Jesus is. But if we recognize Him as the God who created and sustains the material universe––the elements, the atoms, and molecules, the natural laws of Nature, the Sun, the Moon, the stars, galaxies, nebulae, light, and space––then its not incredible. To understand God to be transcendent––outside the space-time universe––as well as immanent––inside the Universe, perhaps inside the atoms themselves–than nothing would be impossible for Him. But that God would be incarnate, be embodied, to dwell among us and be humiliated by our ignorance, unbelief, idolatry and rejection––that’s incredible. Why would God ever do such a thing? He Himself dwelled in perfect joy and love in the eternal dance of the three Persons of the Trinity. The only explanation that makes any sense is that He wanted to share His love and joy with others who could appreciate them––and Him.  It’s hard to imagine that it (Creation) was worth it to God in the light of the fall and the sinfulness of human beings requiring the flood so as to start over again, and the sin and idolatry that necessitated the agony and shame of the cross to rectify the world. But it must have been worth it, since He brought it all about. Perhaps the joy of millions of followers spread over thousands of years and the love shared among them and with the three Persons of God, and with those who have gone before into the greater life. And the Day is coming which would be beyond belief if it were not attested by Him who stills the storms and gives sight to the blind and faith to those who are unworthy to receive it. On the Day the Lord will return bringing with Him those who have gone before us and will change those who are still here and the world we have known will be changed into a new heaven and new earth as the holy city, the new Jerusalem, comes down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And in this dispensation of the fullness of time He will gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and on earth––in Him. And those who love Him and are loved by Him will obtain their inheritance having been marked out according to the purpose of His will who works all things according to the counsel of His will.

Memory Verse: Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Rm 8.21).