“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 4:35-41
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Word of the Lord.
What I can do and what He can do.
When we are sent on a mission from the Lord, most of us do not feel worthy or capable. But then, I take the risk of seizing the action that God has done through me.
That’s why the Lord, from time to time, pretends to be asleep, even to the point where everything seems to be falling apart, to put us in the truth that all good comes from Him, and we cannot seize His work. So I become aware of what I can do and what He can do. This is humility.
Applied to Married Life:
Rocio: (Chatting while having dinner) Oh Paco. I’m feeling anxious… I start thinking and I keep remembering everything we have to do. I struggle to sleep at night.
Paco: Don’t worry Rocío. God cannot ask us for something He does not give us the grace to fulfill.
Rocío: Yes, like St. Augustine said: Lord, give me what you ask of me and ask me for what you want. But Paco, what are you doing sticking your nose in the glass of water? You’re making a mess of everything!
Paco: I was trying to show you that it’s impossible to drown in a glass of water. Haha. So, there’s no need to even attempt it.
Rocío: Well then show me how you’re going to mop up all the water you spilled, come on, champ. Haha. But well… Thanks because your silliness will help me not to forget it. Our problems are very small compared to God’s power.
Paco: That’s my Rocío! The greatest.
The King of the universe and you, the Queen, walk with us. That’s all we need. Thank you, Lord, thank you, Mother.