“Save us Lord! We are going down.”
Matthew 8: 23-27
Whenever I receive an email from my niece, her signature, “Smooth seas don’t make skillful sailors” (African Proverb) reminds me of today’s dramatic Gospel story which is so meaningful in our daily life.
Perhaps this turbulent storm, choppy waters and violent winds served as an initiation for these disciples who followed Jesus into the boat just after his discourse on the difficulty of discipleship. Could it be an object lesson, indicating that their call as disciples, for which they must be equipped, would be far from smooth sailing?
What do we learn as 21st Century disciples, weathering the global storm of COVID-19 as well as our own health, financial and relational issues while we bring hope to others on board? How does the boat of the embattled Church stem the tide of relativism, secularism, racism and other ‘isms’ which threaten to engulf value systems?
What was true then and is certain now, is that Jesus, our first resource, not last resort, is in the boat and can command the elements. We in this together!