February 1, 2014 12:01 am

“But He was in the stern, His head on the cushion, asleep.

They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are lost!’ And He woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and there followed a great calm.” (Mk 4:38-39)

Lord asleep.

Meeting people, preaching, sharing with others your time and dedication, proclaiming the Good News, healing and casting out demons, and praying – are those kinds of activity which could make you sleep even when “began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped” (Mk 4:37). This is one perspective.

Taking care of Our Lord, listening to Him, protecting Him, defending Him against crowd, worrying about food, moving from place to place, sometimes in danger could make you angry: “Master, do you not care?”.

Maybe “Quiet now! Be calm” is not only to the wind and to the sea. Maybe it is also for me. Change the perspective. Broaden your thinking. Your husband is not tired because of you, he is tired because of such a stressful work, and he needs time to rest. NOT from you. Even if happens in front of you. Your wife is secure enough in your house or apartment, with enough money to live, needs to feel secure because of you, not because of the objects or bank statement.

He needs rest, she needs to feel she’s loved, they were afraid because the “boat was almost swamped;” I need this, you need that – and all of us need to listen: “Quiet now! Be calm”. He is always with us, even asleep.

“Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? Have you still no faith?’ ” (Mk 4:40)


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