There is a puzzling and disturbing detail in Mark’s account of the storm at sea, one we often do not even notice. In verse 36, we are told that when Jesus heads across the sea with his disciples, “other boats were with him.”
Season after Pentecost | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 and Psalm 9:9-20 or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 and Psalm 133; (Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32;) 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41
If we read the story of the storm at sea with the earlier parables in mind, we begin to see connections. It too is a parable of reversal.
In science, when negative data isn’t reported, the result is a silence that silences. A life-saving drug or a new discovery may be missed.
These Gospel stories can seem so familiar. But sit with the disciples in the little wooden boat, and Jesus' power will render you speechless.
by James MartinApril 8, 2014