Posted under Reflections on January 29th, 2010 by

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?” Mk 4, 37-38.

Sea was a symbol of the dark power of evil. It aways threatened to destroy the creation, destroy God’s people, and destroy God’s purposes.

Jews were not seafaring people, but there were few fishermen among them. They were mostly shepherds and farmers.

At the back of the mind, the Jews accepted that only God could control the sea and its dark forces.

We know the story of creation, wherein God established his power over the sea in creating the world. At Noah’s time, it is God who was in control of all that was happening. When Jonah, instead of doing what God wanted him to do, by taking another direction, was faced with a storm. God saved him and brought him back to do, what He wanted him to do. Israelites, when they were leaving Egypt, it was God who made the way through the waters. Also in Psalms we read, in many places, where God is in control of the sea.

So in this passage the writer is telling us that by the arrival of the Kingdom of God, God’s power is in action over against the evil forces symbolized by the sea.

It is the creative power, the power of control and the power that rules the nature. So in Jesus the power of God is active.

That is why the disciples say: “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”


Posted under Reflections on January 28th, 2010 by

 "This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were 

to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day 
and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. 
Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear,
 then the full grain in the ear.  And when the grain is ripe, he wields
 the sickle at once, for the harvest has come."  (Mk 4,26-29)
When Jesus narrated this parable, he would have had a smile on
his lips. That is a "man would sleep and rise night and day".
Jesus knows well that man, of his own, cannot do anything.
Even what he does is significantly nothing. Everything is 
work of creation and the creator. Man only sows the seed and 
waters and then he sleeps and rises.
Does Jesus say that man can only sleep and rise
and he is not capable of doing anything else? 
Probably that is what Jesus wants his listeners to understand.
Man is just an instrument in the created world.
He himself is a creation of God. He can only assist or 
continue the work of creation. 
By saying 'sleep and rise night and day' Jesus wants the man
to admire and wonder at the creation and the work of GOD.
Man should realize his dependability  on God.
When this parable is taken in the context of the Kingdom
of God the disciple should realize that he is nothing.
Kingdom is the work of God. God works the kingdom in the world
and man does the minimum and he sleeps and rises.
Kingdom works its way through in spite of disciple's sleep.
(in spite of sleepy disciples!!!)
It is God's work. Man can not boast of anything.
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