Tuesday, June 19, 2018

5th after pentecost year b - mark

Mark 4:35-41
35On that day,
    when evening had come,
         Jesus said to the disciples,
              “Let us go across to the other side.”
36And leaving the crowd behind,
    they took him with them in the boat,
         just as he was.
              Other boats were with him.
    37A great windstorm arose,
         and the waves beat into the boat,
              so that the boat was already being swamped.
         38But Jesus was in the stern,
              asleep on the cushion;
                   and they woke him up and said to him,
                        “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
         39Jesus woke up
         and rebuked the wind,
              and said to the sea,
                        Be still!”
                             Then the wind ceased,
                             and there was a dead calm.
         40Jesus said to them,
              “Why are you afraid?
                   Have you still no faith?”

41And they were filled with great awe
    and said to one another,
         “Who then is this,
              that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Queeries for the text:
Why is Jesus always going "across to the other side"?
Was this a "come as you are" boat ride?
Who were in the other boats?  Weer their boats being swamped also?
Did the boats get stuck where they were in their journey when the wind stopped?
What did the other boats think happened when the dead calm settled in?
What am I afraid of?  Where is my faith?
If only Jesus can calm the storm, what's the point in even trying to fight it?
Are we perishing right now?  How?

What are your queeries?

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