Collect for the Week
who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son
to suffer death upon a cross,
and by his glorious resurrection
delivered us from the power of the enemy:
grant us so to die to sin
that we may evermore live with him
in the joy of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.556
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 8: 23-27
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27 They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Ian Fraser
Not only were the disciples in the boat amazed when the wind and the waves obeyed Jesus, but I am too when I read this passage, and I love to experience Jesus’ calm manner in what others thought was a desperate, life threatening situation. A valuable and practical lesson on how we can deal with difficulties occurring in our everyday lives. We can deal with the situation in a calm and level headed manner, with faith, and the solution becomes clear. I’ve realised in my times of need, that panic and lack of faith causes me to make poor choices, not see all the options, and over-react, just the like the disciples in the boat….”We’re all going to die!”
At least the disciples knew who could save them, and in their panic, they DO turn to Jesus, even if they are lacking in faith, as Jesus points out. Jesus delivers with practical actions, as he does in so many other situations, and calms the storm.
We give Religious Instruction (RI) lessons based on this event from the Bible. Some students say “How can Jesus calm a storm?” “How do you know it’s true?”. Our RI training assists us with the response that we Christians believe because of our faith in God, and because the Bible is a library of books which recorded real events in real times, approx. 2020 years ago. Jesus’ calm is a great example for the students to follow, and a comfort for them when they need Him.
Jesus is there to save us too, when we have faith. He will keep us safe in times of trouble, if we stay calm and trust in Him.
Final Prayer :
in this life there will be storms
that cause our world to rock and shake.
You Lord, bring us peace and calm the storms.
Keep your Church faithful when troubles come.
Help us to care for others and to comfort their
distress by the grace that reveals the mystery of love
through suffering, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hymn: Jesus Calls Us o’er the Tumult [Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-95] Together in Song Hymn 589.