Third Saturday of Ordinary Time

Third Saturday of Ordinary Time
February 1, 2020

WORD of the DAY

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?” (Mark 4: 37-40)

How shall I live this Word?

Today’s Gospel describes the storm on the lake and Jesus sleeping in the boat. Even our communities, many times, feel like boats lost in the sea of life, without much hope of being able to reach the port. Jesus seems to have fallen asleep in our boat, because no divine power appears to free us from difficulties and persecutions. Faced with this situation of desperation, the apostles apostrophize the Teacher: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” The wind is strong, the sea is rough, the boat is full of water! The Disciples are experienced fishermen. If they think the boat is sinking, then the situation is truly dangerous. Instead, Jesus continues to sleep. This deep sleep is not only a sign of great tiredness. It is also an expression of the peaceful trust He has in God. Then, finally, Jesus wakes up, not because of the waves, but because of the desperate cry of the disciples. First He goes to the sea and says: “Quiet, be still!” And the sea subsides. Then, He goes to the disciples and says: “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith? ” To this pressing and demanding question, what would we people of 2020 know how to answer? Sometimes, the waters of the sea of life threaten to drown us. Who can save us? What is the rough sea for us today?
In the face of these threats which we often do not know how to name, but which undermine our lives, the only remedy is prayer, that same invocation of the apostles: “Lord, save us!”

I will pray the words of the Psalm, ‘My strength and my song is the Lord.”

The voice of O. Vercuysse, Nun and Musician
“Lord, our God, in life we sometimes feel like we are on a boat at the mercy of the waves, and You seem to sleep. Free us from fear and strengthen our faith, so that we may live with serenity, trusting in the One whom the wind and the sea obey and Who intercedes in our favor over the centuries. Don’t be silent, Lord, please answer me!
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Blog: Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA

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