Calming the Storm

Format for Holy Hour

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.

Featured Image: Eugène Delacroix – Christ Endormi pendant la Tempête

Introduction to Meditations for Ordinary Time

  1. Baptism of the Lord
  2. Two Standards
  3. Three Classes of Men
  4. Temptation
  5. Calling of Apostles
  6. Wedding at Cana
  7. Cleansing the Temple
  8. Sermon on the Mount
  9. Calming the Storm
  10. Walking on Water
  11. The Apostles were Sent to Preach
  12. Conversion of Mary Magdalene
  13. How Christ Fed the Five Thousand
  14. Transfiguration of Christ
  15. Resurrection of Lazarus
  16. Supper in Bethany
  17. Three Ways of Humility

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