Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
30th November 2017 was an unforgettable day for the people of Kanyakumari because they experienced the destructive power of Ockhi storm in their lives. It caused severe damages to structures and property and also claimed the lives of at least 218 people in Kanyakumari. In today’s gospel, Mark presents to us a similar kind of situation, in which Jesus and the apostles were experiencing the power of storm. The apostles were terrified because they thought the boat would break up and everyone would die. But Jesus was sleeping peacefully. We can compare the storm with the difficulties that we face in our daily life. We face lot of difficulties in our life. They come upon us whether we like it or not. Sometimes they terrify us, knock us down, and even take away all our properties and security. During these moments of life, how do we respond to it? Do we disturb Jesus by questioning Him as the apostles did? Or do we trust in His power over the storms of life (difficulties)?
Jesus has power over the storms of life. He loves us, saves us from them and wants us to trust him more than what we do. When we face failures, set backs, sickness, difficulties and problems, we tent to feel that Jesus is not with us or we get the feeling that Jesus is sleeping without noticing our problems, as he was on that day with the disciples in the Sea of Galilee. When we go through life’s worst’s period and see a hopeless end, we should turn to Jesus and feel his presence and should trust in His power. Because he is there with us; he is also journeying with us in the same boat. He will not let us drown in the water.
“If there is no tension in the thread the kite cannot fly. If there is no tension in the string the violin cannot play melodious tunes. If you have been feeling some tension in life, it is so because God wants to make your life melodious.” says Shimmi Sukh. The storms of life that we are facing are not going to remain forever. It’s all a stepping stones to reach greater heights. Instead of questioning the presence and the power of God, let us begin to feel the presence of God in every walk of our life and trust in his redeeming power.
Br. Siluvai Admai