Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Letter to the Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19, Psalm (Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75), Mark 4:35-41
Excuse me, Lord, are you going to wake up now? Here I am on this boat, and we are in a storm. I’m afraid! I don’t want to die! It is so dark tonight, and the wind is whipping, and the waves are crashing against the boat. Please wake up! Please save me!
This is what I want our Lord Jesus to do for me. I want Him to stretch His arms over me and make me calm. And, He does. He looks into my face and asks me, “why are you so terrified?” At this point, I’m unable to answer Him.
Today Jesus invites us to respond to that question, to share with Him the answer of why are we, at times, so afraid. What is it that I hold so deep down in my soul that I don’t even want to share it with Jesus? What is it in our lives that fill us with fears, puts knots our stomach, and terrifies us? For each of us, it will be different.
What do the winds and the rains whipping around our lives so furiously actually represent? The real terrors that storm through our lives might be fears of acceptance, fears of ever being truly loved, or of trying to overcome a terrible betrayal that has left us with deep scars we believe will never heal.
“Quiet! Be still!” Jesus speaks these three words to us softly as He lifts His healing arms over us. This is our chance to place those fears into Jesus’ hands. We can become fearless, perhaps not through our own confidence but by trusting in the one who loves us so infinitely through our fears.
We can and must trust in Jesus. His arms outstretched over us, He instills in us His healing strength, and we find ourselves ready to follow His call to live the Gospel. Believing in His presence in our lives, we might be willing to stand at the edge of the boat in the storm, speaking out for the poor and the disenfranchised.
Question of the Day: How will you accept our Lord Jesus’ invitation to “be quiet and still?”
Prayer: “He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Lk 1:49)