This Sunday’s Gospel tells us of the time Jesus calms the storm as He and the disciples were crossing the sea after preaching to the masses.
“And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
The homilist reminds us that the true question the disciples were asking is if Jesus really cares for them? This is because they have seen Him work miracles healing all sorts of illnesses, casting out demons and even raising the dead. So they could not possibly believe He couldn’t anything in this stressful situation.
Similarly for us, do we ask Jesus during this pandemic which has afflicted the whole world – do you not care?
The answer, as He has plainly said is simply to have faith.
It is of course, easier said than done. People are getting ill, many are dying and many are losing their jobs and many other bad scenarios.
But as we come to know the heart of the Father in our own faith journeys, we are called to trust. To simply allow and to accept the situation we are in.
He will not give us more than we are able to bear, and it’s always for the salvation of our souls.
Our time on earth is a test.
Instead of questioning and demanding answers from Him, we are called to draw closer to Him, so that He can give us the peace He wants for us. And the strength to carry our crosses in this life.
So let us pray on and trust in the Lord, because even the disciples were awed and said “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
He can do anything, as long as He wills it.