Daily Gospel Reflection for February 1, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

I’ve never been in a small boat when a “violent squall” like the one described in today’s gospel came up, but when I read the words Mark uses to describe the mayhem on board Jesus’ boat, I immediately came upon a familiar image — airline turbulence.

Have you ever been inside a small plane when it hits turbulent air mid-flight? The “fasten your seat belt” light illuminates and the flight attendants run for their seats. As a passenger, you’re left to trust the skills of the pilot and the construction of the plane, in hopes that the massive shaking will end and the wings will remain intact.

It’s scary!

So I can relate to the fear and panic the disciples felt as the water blew across the bow and their master sat atop his cushion, sound asleep. When they awoke him, Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea (and perhaps the disciples as well) and the stormy elements calmed immediately. Then he turned to his disciples and questioned their faith.

I will remember this passage the next time that my “boat” begins to rock and sway, blown about by life’s busyness and the inevitable little “squalls” that come upon me. Next time, instead of panicking, I hope I’ll remember to turn in prayer and to trust in the One who is the source of all. God has his hand fully on the tiller of my life. It’s my job to stand in awe, and to trust in the fullness of his love.

Ponder:

When your life is buffeted and battered by storms of strife, do you tend to lose trust that God truly cares for you?

Pray:

God, creator of wind, of sea, and of me, I desire to fully believe in the love you have for me and for my life. May my faith in you be unfailing and my love for you be endless.

Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

8 Comments

  1. Your analogy is really good. I never thought to compare the two. I used to just think to myself. “Everyone goes some day. I must as well be there when it happens!”

  2. Thank you Lisa for this reflection. Another thought is this: Was Jesus really asleep during the storm, or could there be a deeper message that even if it ‘appears’ that Jesus isn’t aware of and in-control of the outcome of our (violent) storms, he wants us to have faith in his governance. Just another perspective.

    • I love this perspective. I’m so simple minded that when I read “Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion” I simply read it as him sleeping… thanks for sharing on this – you are definitely right that he is always with us and in control.

    • Deacon Tom, LOVE that point of view. Because? Yes. That’s me. Every. Single. Time.

      Me: WAKE UP JESUS! ARE YOU CRAZY? CAN’T YOU SEE WHAT’S GOING ON?

      JC: Sarah. Dear. Honey. Child. Did you notice who was CARRYING you???

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