Posted 2 月 1, 2014 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

平息風浪

一天晚上,耶穌對門徒說:「我們渡海到對岸去吧!」他們遂離開群眾,就照耶穌在船上的原狀,帶他走了;與他一起的還有別的小船。忽然,狂風大作,波浪打進船內,以致小船已滿了水。耶穌卻在船尾依枕而睡。門徒叫醒他,給他說:「師傅!我們要喪亡了,你不管嗎?」耶穌醒來,叱責了風,並向海說:「不要作聲,平定了吧!」風就停止了,遂大為平靜。耶穌對門徒說:「為什麼你們這樣膽怯?你們怎麼還沒有信德呢?」他們非常驚懼。彼此說:「這人到底是誰?連風和海也聽從他!」
馬爾谷福音 4:35-41

Pieter Brueghel the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pieter Brueghel the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

今天的福音記載了耶穌平息風浪的神蹟。福音作者藉著耶穌的神蹟去說明祂的身分。門徒見證了奇蹟後不禁說:「這人到底是誰?連風和海也聽從他!」(谷 4:41)除了大自然的主宰,還有誰可以叫風和海平靜下來?

當狂風大作,小船經已積滿水時,我們留意到耶穌和門徒的反應成了強烈的對比。耶穌睡著了,而門徒則著急、驚慌。在這事以前,門徒已經見過耶穌驅魔、治癒病人,也見過祂教導人時展現的權柄。但當遇上風浪時,他們把一切都忘掉了。

面對生命裡的風浪時,讓我們緊記耶穌和我們在同一條船上。祂並非不管我們,而是想藉這些機會磨練我們的信德和意志。

這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: 這人到底是誰,連風和海也都聽從祂?

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. 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?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Mark 4:35-41

Today’s Gospel we read how Jesus calmed the storm. Mark wants to convey the true identity of Jesus through narrating this miracle. Having witnessed the calming of the sea, the disciples said to one another: “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” (Mark 4:41) Other than the Creator, who else could have done that?

There is a sharp contrast between how Jesus reacted and the disciples reacted. Jesus was sleeping, and the disciples were frightened. Before this incident, they had seen Jesus cast out demons and cured the sick. They had also seen the authority shown in His preaching. Yet when the storm came, they forgot everything.

When we face the storms in our lives, let us remember that Jesus is with us on the same boat. It’s not that He doesn’t care, He only wishes to build our faith and determination.

This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following article: 這人到底是誰,連風和海也都聽從祂?


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