Calm in the Storm

Calm in the Storm

January 27, 2018
Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Mark 4:35-41

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

Reflection (Sem. Maximilian B. Estayo)

“Why are you terrified? Do you not have faith?”

In my fourth year in the seminary, I am confronted by several concerns which distract me from my vocation. One involves my mother’s need for an immediate surgery to remove stones from her gallbladder. Since I am jobless now, I cannot help send her to the hospital. A few years back, I was able to bring her to the hospital for hysterectomy without delay.

I am so poor now that I can neither provide for myself nor for any of my loved one. It is a real test to how far will I stand for my vocation.

However, one of our formators in the seminary, having related my condition to him, advised me to gather members of my family and work out a solution. The case is not hopeless. Something can be done, notwithstanding my economic status.
The disciples in today’s Gospel panicked because big waves were about to swallow their boat but Jesus was just there sleeping. When awakened, he rebuked them for their lack of faith.

I am like these disciples, rattled at the smallest sign of trouble. But our formator’s words of encouragement gave me hope. When answering God’s call, one does not need to hate “his father and mother,” he said, citing Lk. 14:26. Priests do not really leave their family behind, but extend help with any renumeration gained from their ministry. Indeed, I can go back and help my family again. But let it be said now that in hard times, God does not dwell in the stern. He is always out there calming the hardships and violence of life.

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