Gospel: Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a fierce storm burst upon the lake, with waves sweeping the boat. But Jesus was asleep.
The disciples woke him up and cried, “Lord save us! We are lost!” But Jesus answered, “Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and sea; and it became completely calm.
The disciples were astonished. They said, “What kind of man is he? Even the winds and the sea obey him.”
“He stood up and rebuked the wind.”
Among other things, two things stand out in this gospel episode, namely: (1) Jesus is re- vealed as Lord and Savior; and, (2) the disciples forget that Jesus is with them. These are crucial in their life of faith. What happened to the disciples on the boat sets an opportunity for the revelation of who Jesus is. It also indicates, on the one hand, that forgetful- ness of the presence of Jesus brings fear, anxiety, and a percep- tion of the uncertain; while the recognition of Jesus presence, on the other hand, is re-assuring and brings calm confidence.
The presence of Jesus is one thing they/we cannot afford to miss because Jesus presence is revelatory. It reveals primarily who he is, but it also reveals who we are before him. That is why Jesus presence is confronting. His presence them/helps us see and confront those things in us that are uncharitable, unkind and selfish. Jesus presence is for- giving. And because it is so, His presence heals and comforts. Jesus’ presence is awe-inspiring. It strengthens and propels the human spirit. All these are reve- lations of Jesus as bringer of the kingdom of God.
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