for Sunday, June 21, 2015
Most of us don't think about anyone having the capacity to change the
weather or to control the physical environment simply by thinking about it
or praying about it. Most of us are very much caught up in the scientific
was of our present age. We can understand the surprise of the followers of
Jesus when Jesus was able to control the storm and stop any danger.
These followers in the Gospel of Mark are Jewish people and would have
immediately recognized that the person who could control nature must be God
or at least a person very close to God. We who don't come from that
culture would immediately seek some other explanation of what was
happening. It could have been simply a coincidence. It could mean that
the weather was already changing and the person recognized that. It could
mean that the person had some unusual insight. But it certainly would not
mean, for most of us, that the person was God.
The readings today are given to us to make us think about God and about the
role of God in our personal life and in the life of the world. The first
reading, from the Book of Job, states clearly that God creates all things
and creates the weather as well as the physical universe. Those who
understand and accept the Book of Job as the Word of God will be able to
understand the Gospel more easily than someone who does not believe and
really doubts even the existence of a God.
The second reading is from the Second Letter to the Corinthians and states
that for those who believe in Jesus as the Christ, as the Savior, all has
changed and our understanding of the world will be very different from the
person who does not believe. At one level, this is really apparent. If we
believe in God, we are different from those who do not believe. If we
believe that Jesus is God, we are even more difference from those who do
not accept this reality.
The Gospel, today from Mark, is very clear when it questions us: Who then
is this whom even wind and sea obey? If we accept the Gospel account that
the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus, then we must answer this question. If
we reject that the wind and the sea obeyed Jesus, then we are left without
faith and without any belief that this Jesus has any special role.
My sisters and brothers, what do you believe? Let us walk with the Lord
Jesus and know that He is God.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Job 38.1-4, 8-11++
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.14-17
Gospel: Mark 4.35-41
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