Twelfth Sunday of Year B.
The power of a stormy sea is so overwhelming that it can become a frightening ordeal.
We have all experienced fear, so we can appreciate the plight of the apostles in the storm-tossed boat. We can easily make a connection between the storm at sea and the trials and sufferings of our own lives.
Troubles, disappointments, and misfortunes come our way from time to time and severely test our faith. Although we will not readily admit it, sometimes we feel disappointed with God when setbacks bring sadness and anxiety into our homes.
Feelings like this are deeply human, very understandable and nothing of which to be ashamed.
When God does not give an immediate answer to our prayer, we lose heart, panic, and have a frightening sense of drowning beneath the waves of despair. The truth is that ours is a stormy world and God does not give any ready answers that satisfy our human questioning.
We want him to justify himself for what he does or fails to do, to account to us for his creation.
There are mysteries in nature beyond our solving, and suffering is one of them.
Remember, God did not take away suffering and death, even from his own Son.
There can be no answer to these questions except one inspired by faith and faith is what we lack.
Today’s gospel should give us hope. It shows that Jesus is always near, hidden in the heart of suffering. It calls on us to have faith and to take Jesus seriously because he alone can give us courage and inner peace, which casts out fear on the stormy voyage of life.
If we only realise that the almighty God is with us, we have the power to dispel all the fears that come our way.