Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:23–27
Context: Traditionally, the boat represents the Church. Christ is always present within His Church but at times appears to be “asleep.” Storms will always arise from time to time, both in the Church as a whole and in your own individual life.
In this passage, the disciples are frightened by the storm, which is evident by their words “Save, Lord; we are perishing.” So also in your life you may easily be overcome with fear when facing the storms of life. But when this fear grips you, you must hear Jesus’ words to His disciples spoken also to you, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?”
Once Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples “marveled” at the authority of Jesus. You also will marvel as you see Him enter your storms and bring calm.
Reflection: As you read that passage again, slowly and prayerfully, ponder the following:
- What storms have you faced in the past?
- What storm are you dealing with right now?
- Place yourself in the boat. See your storm in the physical storm of the Gospel.
- Notice Jesus there.
- Wake Him by an act of surrender and trust.
- See His authority in your life and in any difficult situation you find yourself in.
- Allow yourself to “marvel” at past ways that God entered the storms of your life and brought you through them. Gratitude for this divine intervention is an essential attribute to foster.
- Baptism of the Lord
- Two Standards
- Three Classes of Men
- Calling of Apostles
- Wedding at Cana
- Cleansing the Temple
- Sermon on the Mount
- Calming the Storm
- Walking on Water
- The Apostles were Sent to Preach
- Conversion of Mary Magdalene
- How Christ Fed the Five Thousand
- Transfiguration of Christ
- Resurrection of Lazarus
- Supper in Bethany
- Three Ways of Humility