Gospel: Mk 4:35-41
On that same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.“ So they left the crowd, and took him along in the boat he had been sitting in, and other boats set out with him. Then a storm gathered and it began to blow a gale. The waves spilled over into the boat, so that it was soon filled with water. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up, and said, “Master, don’t you care if we drown?“ And rising up, Jesus rebuked the wind, and ordered the sea, “Quiet now! Be still!“ The wind dropped, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to them, “Why are you so frightened? Do you still have no faith?“ But they were terrified, and they said to one another, “Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him!“
“Do you have Faith?“
Our parade of Saints this week concludes with a very important Saint, the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas! And our readings for today are most apropos for our Saint! The first reading speaks of the Faith of our Fathers that we have received and that we have to understand and live by.
We owe so much to this great Saint of the Church. His Summa Theologica is a very good summary of the meaning of our Faith. He had the extraordinary gift of explaining the great mysteries of our Faith. From medieval times to the present, those who seek to know and understand the Faith turn to St. Thomas as an authority.
But Faith is not merely an intellectual pursuit, an academic study. St. Thomas himself, after his mystical experience of God considered all his brilliant work as “rubbish!“ For Faith, in the end is the Encounter with our God who is beyond our human intellectual categories. Faith is Jesus telling the distraught disciples in the stormy sea “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?“ It is Jesus telling us that even in our darkest moments he is there, he is the Emmanuel who will not leave us alone! Do you have that Faith?