On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.
A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the seas, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
This is the Word of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.
Morning comes as Mark’s 4th chapter opens. Jesus had begun to teach and already there was an overwhelming crowd, so large he pushes out to sea. It’s a compelling scene, the shoreline packed with faces, Jesus, a bit back, teaching standing in the boat, a couple of disciples keep it steady. “Listen!” he calls and begins, as Betty told us last week, with the parable of the sower. He tells them that parable, explains its meaning, then tells them to not DARE put their light under a bushel, but let it shine, let it shine. He says the kingdom of God is like seed that grows but we don’t know how. The kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed that grows into “the greatest of all shrubs!” Mark gives a beautiful aside in verse 33-34. Jesus pulls the disciples in and “explained everything in private to [them].” I imagine their smiles, cautious, to each other. Maybe this is real, they thought to themselves. God is among us.