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?”
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？