ISSL Reflections June 13, 2021, Matthew 8:23-27 Post 2

Let’s go ahead and reread the passage.

Matthew 8:23-27

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?

I asked the other day what 4 or 5 words stood out to you the most. What words caught your attention?

As I read this, I was drawn to more than 5 words, but following my own prompting I found these 5 words most drew my attention –

afraid – asleep – save (us) – faith – calm

Do you think it is ok for me to take “save us” as one “word”?

The image of Jesus asleep in the boat while it is being bounced on the waves and almost being swamped holds my attention.

There have been times when due to a real or perceived storm, I feel my prayers are addressed to a sleeping Jesus and I feel unheard.

Have you been there?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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