… “Why are you so frightened? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40
He has healed people of a variety of diseases and driven out demons. He taught crowds and rebuked critics. Fame about him spread through those he healed even as he ordered them and demons to keep silent about who he was. So, as they were crossing the sea, Jesus shows his humanity by taking a nap on a cushion in the back of the boat. Nevermind the strong winds and large waves, he needed time to rest. So, he did.
It was strange that the disciples took such fear of the storm. At least four of them were fishermen and knew how to handle the conditions. There were other boats on the water with them and could aid theirs if needed. And the Sea of Galilee was not that large of a body of water. A storm couldn’t last but for so long.
And even more than these, the disciples should have considered the one on board with them. If this man who commanded demons, reproved scholars, and restored the ill and infirm could rest in the midst of the storm, who were they to panic? He said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Would he lead them to die in a storm? Had they had faith, the disciples would have calmly employed their boating skills and crossed the sea without awakening Jesus from his rest. They lacked faith and woke him up. Yes, the Lord was merciful. But, in his mercy, he called them to look at themselves.
Why are you frightened? Are the conditions that you face unfamiliar to mankind? Have you still no faith? Isn’t the power and grace of Christ with you? There is no question that he is all-powerful and greatly merciful. The question is if we are faithful.
Your Brother in Christ,
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene