Do you not yet have faith?
Our Lords question in todays Gospel frames the Sunday
liturgies for the remainder of the year, which the Church calls
Ordinary Time. In the weeks ahead, the Churchs
liturgy will have us journeying with Jesus and His disciples,
reliving their experience of His words and deeds, coming to
know and believe in Him as they did.
Notice that todays Psalm almost provides an outline for
the Gospel. We sing of sailors caught in a storm; in their desperation,
they call to the Lord and He rescues them. Marks Gospel
today also intends us to hear a strong echo of the story of
the prophet Jonah. He, too, was found asleep on a boat when
a life-threatening storm broke out that caused his fellow travelers
to pray for deliverance, and then to marvel when the storm abated
(see Jonah 1:316).
But Jesus is something greater than Jonah (see Matthew 12:41).
And Mark wants us to come to see what the Apostles sawthat
God alone has the power to rebuke the wind and the sea (see
Isaiah 50:2; Psalm 18:16). This is the point of todays
If even the wind and sea obey Him, shouldnt we trust Him
in the chaos and storms of our own lives? As with the Apostles,
the Lord has asked each of us to cross to the other side, to
leave behind our old ways to travel with Him in the little ship
of the Church.
In their fear today, they call Him, Teacher. And
it is only faith in His teaching that can save us from perishing.
We should trust in Christ, and trust like Christwho was
able to sleep through the storm, confident that God was with
Him (see Psalm 116:6; Romans 8:31).
We should live in thanksgiving for our salvation, as todays
Epistle tells usas new creations, no longer for ourselves
but for Him who died for our sake.