Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Jesus Calms the Storm

The lectionary Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday...powerful stuff, and one of my favorite Gospel stories.

"On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us go across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.'
And leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in their boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a mat; 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.
Jesus said to them, 'Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?'
And they were terrified, and asked one another, 'What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'"

- Mark 4:35-41 (RSV/HCSB/KJV, adapt.)

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