Lectio Divina: 2021-06-18

Our Lectio Divina for this Friday corresponds to the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.

Mk 4:35-41 Who can his be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.

One


V 39 = Quiet ! Be still !  These words made think of the peace and also the power of our saviour. When I am tempted God helps me. He rebukes the devil like he rebuked the wind. But I must ask God for help and have complete faith in his power. The wind was completely calm. Our Lord allows the tension to dissolve from my mind and body. I feel the calmness in my soul and a deep sense of his love. I need to realise that God’s love is with me in the very moment and all I have to do is to surrender to that love.

Two


Jesus invites me each day to trust him, from today’s Lectio he shows me that I can trust him completely with utter confidence.

Jesus is with me through the storms in my life. He is able with a word to bring about a calmness in me that only he can bring.

But Jesus also understands my fears and he allows me to express them to him, like the disciples who cried out,” Do you not care?”

In the storms of my own life, I too can cry out “Lord do you not care?”

He will hear me, reassure me and say;

“Why are you afraid? I am here with you .”

Three

What I pondered today was how could Jesus sleep in a storm? Then I remembered that he was not controlled by his feelings but by the Spirit of God. Feelings are very powerful but I serve a God who is a God of Peace and is more powerful than anything I can imagine! 

I think today I must remember that the storm is on the outside, and Jesus gives me the ability to stay peaceful on the inside. 

Recently I read something that really struck me. That when I feel the raging storm on the surface of the sea of life, go deep, praying and receiving God’s grace, deep in the ocean it’s calm and quiet. Where there’s quiet we can hear what God wants to say to us. 

God bless you all.

Four

The disciples followed Jesus. All was calm and well and they were all happy. Suddenly a strong wind blew (covid). They were scared and thought they were all going to die. The disciples woke Jesus (praying to be saved). They thought that Jesus didn’t care that they were about to die (the pandemic was still with them and getting worse). Jesus stood up and commanded the wind (virus) to stop and it did. A great calm followed.

This tells me that although troubles enter our lives and we think they will only end badly, 

Jesus is awake and listening to our prayers. We (I) may be impatient and ask why is this trouble still with us when so many prayers are being said around the world? Jesus is saying to me “Why are you frightened?” “Have you no faith?” If I answer “Of course I have faith,” this can’t be so because I am frightened. If I answer “I have no faith,” this is also incorrect. My answer would have to be “I believe, help my unbelief”.

I pray that Jesus will end the virus and a great calm will return. I believe that He can and I pray that if it is the Father’s will, it will end soon.

God bless you all.

Stay safe.

Five

Let’s go over to the other side-  speaks to me of change; leaving old ways of living behind and learning new ways that are more in keeping with Jesus’s teachings. 

Jesus is showing me how to detach from situations and respond rather than react. If I can stop and give myself a bit of time to think things through  then I can make the best choice. I am not always successful but for the most part life is much calmer now than it used to be 

This story describes what I am trying to say so clearly. Something happens, I am gripped with fear and I panic. I want those feelings to go away so I react and often make the situation worse. Jesus doesn’t panic. He knows there is nothing to panic about and in due course he calms the storm. When I can pause and turn to him I hear him say ‘let me show you a different way.’  His different is always the best way.

‘But your main focus should be staying close to Me. I set the pace in keeping with your needs and My purpose’

Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Six


They took Jesus “just as he was” Were they travelling to new places to spread the gospel or trying to escape the crowds for a little while? Jesus was tired and I love the image of him sleeping in the stern of the boat with his head on a cushion. Could I set out on a journey just as I am – no belongings, money etc?

I am sure the disciples who were fishermen were used to dealing with storms and so for them to be frightened it must have been a big storm.

There are times in all our lives when a big storm comes along – one that is in danger of flooding our boats and we are worried we may sink and drown.

During this particular storm Jesus was sleeping. Do I sometimes feel that in the middle of my storms Jesus is asleep? Sometimes we become overwhelmed by the storms around us and we forget that he is there. We try to cope on our own until we realise that we can’t and we need help. God doesn’t interfere in our lives but answers when we call. Even though he is present in every storm we face we have to ask, we have to waken him up. Of course he cares!The disciples were frightened and turned to Jesus knowing he would help.

This is a reminder for me today to ask for God’s help and not try to bail out the boat myself feeling exhausted, worn out and scared. Trust in him

I have an image of Jesus standing up having commanded the storm to stop and there is peace, stillness and calm.

Love and blessings

Seven

There is little variation between the different translations.

Because the scene is simple, it seems to me to be important.

It teaches of faith.

Jesus invites his disciples to cross over to the other side.

Jesus invites me to do the same – to change; to leave the crowd; to have total faith in him; to be quiet, to be still.

The disciples who are fishermen and know the lake are frightened.

Instead of knowing they are safe with Jesus and contemplating him asleep, they take action and wake him.

He of course does care about them and takes immediate action.

So when I am afraid and have little faith and trust, I try to wake Jesus through prayer and entreaty. Jesus always responds.

‘With the coming of evening’ then led me to think of a time of rest, of simply resting in the Lord in complete faith and trust, so no fear.

And this led me to one of my favourite parts of Elijah.

“Oh rest in the Lord,

Wait patiently for Him,

And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.

Commit thy way unto Him,

And trust in Him,

And fret not thyself because of evil-doers.”

May you all be still and quiet and at peace…

Eight

They took Jesus “just as he was” Were they travelling to new places to spread the gospel or trying to escape the crowds for a little while? Jesus was tired and I love the image of him sleeping in the stern of the boat with his head on a cushion. Could I set out on a journey just as I am – no belongings, money etc?

I am sure the disciples who were fishermen were used to dealing with storms and so for them to be frightened it must have been a big storm.

There are times in all our lives when a big storm comes along – one that is in danger of flooding our boats and we are worried we may sink and drown.

During this particular storm Jesus was sleeping. Do I sometimes feel that in the middle of my storms Jesus is asleep? Sometimes we become overwhelmed by the storms around us and we forget that he is there. We try to cope on our own until we realise that we can’t and we need help. God doesn’t interfere in our lives but answers when we call. Even though he is present in every storm we face we have to ask, we have to waken him up. Of course he cares!The disciples were frightened and turned to Jesus knowing he would help.

This is a reminder for me today to ask for God’s help and not try to bail out the boat myself feeling exhausted, worn out and scared. Trust in him

I have an image of Jesus standing up having commanded the storm to stop and there is peace, stillness and calm.

Love and blessings

Nine

Friends

I don’t know why, but I’m always taken with the fact that Mark tells us that he was asleep on the cushion, not just a cushion, so presumably a normal permanent feature on the boat.

Perhaps they often took it in turns to snatch sleep when there was a pause in the fishing?

These were rough tough professionals, in their element, and well used to sudden storms on this treacherous inland sea, Galilee, Gennesaret, or Tiberias, so we can assume that this wind and these waves were much more extreme than even they were accustomed to.

“Why are you fearful? Have you not yet faith?” But “they feared exceedingly” – this time not because of the storm but because of the stillness they had witnessed; “Who then is this?”

The opposite of faith is not doubt but fear, hence the 365 instances in the bible of “be not afraid”, “fear not” and equivalent phrases. No, I haven’t counted them, but someone has!

The ongoing question for us in our Christian lives is still, “Who then is this?”

We probably think we know, but it’s no bad thing to be astounded from time to time, as they were. It’s called awe…

Pax – very appropriate!

Ten

There is little variation between the different translations.

Because the scene is simple, it seems to me to be important.

It teaches of faith.

Jesus invites his disciples to cross over to the other side.

Jesus invites me to do the same – to change; to leave the crowd; to have total faith in him; to be quiet, to be still.

The disciples who are fishermen and know the lake are frightened.

Instead of knowing they are safe with Jesus and contemplating him asleep, they take action and wake him.

He of course does care about them and takes immediate action.

So when I am afraid and have little faith and trust, I try to wake Jesus through prayer and entreaty. Jesus always responds.

‘With the coming of evening’ then led me to think of a time of rest, of simply resting in the Lord in complete faith and trust, so no fear.

And this led me to one of my favourite parts of Elijah.

“Oh rest in the Lord,

Wait patiently for Him,

And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.

Commit thy way unto Him,

And trust in Him,

And fret not thyself because of evil-doers.”

May you all be still and quiet and at peace…

Eleven

“Just as he was.”

I seem to remember that these words have struck me before but I have not lingered much over them.

It is obvious that Jesus was not dressed for the occasion. To cross the bay in the evening would need a cloak at least, especially as storms often came up unexpectedly in that area.

Jesus, following his Father’s will, was never unprepared. His apparent lack of preparedness meant he was in a position to give his disciples a lesson they – and we- would never forget. 

( A couple of times in my life, 20/30 years ago, I slept soundly through fire alarms to find out the next day that the rest of the household had  been out in the street in the midnight hours! I wonder what would have happened if the fires had been real! I thank God that I have never  gone to bed afraid I might not hear a fire alarm! Other terrors, however, have at times kept me awake.)

Whether we see the disciples’ waking of Jesus as a sign of trust in him or lack of faith we can learn that nothing ,in the kingdom, happens by accident, and nothing need land us in the enemy camp of fear. Every event of our lives has a lesson attached and the finger of God’s loving care.

“Evening was coming on”

The evening of my life has no doubt begun, maybe it is early or maybe late evening. There are  still many lessons to take on board (in or out of the boat!).

Lord, grant me watchfulness that I may see your finger and your footprint  at every moment of my days. Grant me the grace always to be prepared to hear and receive your teaching.

God bless you al and keep you safe and sound

Twelve

My words today were:

‘Why are you so frightened? How is that you have no faith?’

How many times I have had a problem and the Gospel in Lectio has brought to me an answer? I can’t count the innumerable times.

Today was not different. This Gospel is a direct message for me. Thank you Lord, for speaking to me though your Word.

I have felt very low and unwell this week; even I did just described myself to a friend as ‘feeling like a boat sinking battered by winds and waves against the rocks’. So, when I read ‘the waves were breaking into the boat so it was almost swamped‘, I thought, yes, pretty much it is me at this time.

At the beginning I though this is a recrimination for my lack of faith. I said to the Lord, true, mea culpa Lord, I should have not allow fear take control of me.

But you know Lord, I am weak, I know You are always with me, but there times, when I need to feel You even closer to me, embracing me, taking me into your arms, when I can’t stand no more, I need you to take over all, I need you to repeat me these words of the Gospel, that reassure me you will deal with it, so I can rest.

Today, I feel than in my desperate situation You are repeating me ‘There is not need for fear’, ‘I have the power to overcome all evil around you, I have the power of Life, trust in me. The work of Evil is to bring chaos, and despair, do not worry if still the violent storm of fear and doubt is around you, I will rebuke him’.

Yes Lord, I need your calm voice bringing me reassuring and peace. Please, Lord take all my problems into your Almighty hands, and grant me the grace of trust and the gift of faith.

And, like the psalmist, I ended giving thanks to the Lord for He is good and His steadfast love endures forever. (cf. Ps 107)

Blessed and Praised be the Lord forever. Amen