Sunday, June 25, 2006
Interesting gospel at mass this morning; Mark 4:35-41 tells the story of the disciples taking Jesus across the sea in a boat, and as he was sleeping a storm came up and the boat was close to foundering. Father Loukos talked about how desperate they must have been to wake Jesus when he was sleeping, but I'm afraid I had a totally different thought as he was speaking. I was thinking, "Why the heck did they ask *Jesus* what to do?" I mean, THEY were the fishermen, not he - they're the ones who'd know how to handle a boat. It sounds to me like they were just beside themselves with panic, and didn't know what to do. They didn't really expect him to be able to save the ship when they themselves had failed. And the funny thing is, they didn't even ASK him to do anything. It's not like when Peter was walking on the water: 'When he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"' Peter asked for help and Jesus gave it. But here, they weren't asking for help - they were just shouting in fear. And there was even a bit of a reproach there: "Don't you even care?" It's as if they didn't really expect help (well, I don't blame them for that, miracles aren't really something you EXPECT) they just wanted to include Jesus in their fear and panic. And Jesus can't be engulfed that way: "And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not." Whatever happened to them out there in that storm, Jesus was not going to submerged by it.