“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 was a familiar story we have heard many times before. This is the story of Jesus calming the storm. This is a story with great imagery. This Gospel story reminds me that God can calm the storm in us. Whenever we are going through rough waters, Jesus is always there to calm those waters. Another place God can calm is the world; we need more calm in our world today. Between all the gun violence and protests and events in the Middle East, we need God’s presence to “calm the storm” now more than ever. To help bring peace to the world, we need to take time to silence ourselves and look for it so that we can better create a more calm world around us. Take a break today and spend a few minutes in silence to calm yourself and prepare to bring peace to the world, one person at a time.