"He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?"" (Mark 4:40)
Have you had any changes happening in your life lately? We could start with the obvious one -- we are definitely to summer. Or what about being able to "go" places again? What about less obvious changes - like a wedding (or anniversary) planned for sometime soon (or just happened). Any one you know graduating? Getting a promotion? What about achieving the goal you have been working toward for _____ days, weeks, months, years? You made it!! Good for you!! You kept going, doing, working..... now what?
Our Scripture readings are about facing our changes. Think about the changes happening in the readings - David is running errands for his father - take this "grain and 10 loaves of bread for your brothers." (v. 17) The writer of Corinthians, some say Paul, is trying to help people understand why we are together to work - which is actually the end of chapter five. Jesus, and the Disciples, have had another busy day, teaching, healing, and answering questions. Jesus has them get in the boat to "cross the lake." (vs. 35) Jesus goes to sleep IN the boat. A storm (giant) comes up -- change happening. The Disciples wake Jesus up, He calms the storm and asks "have you still no faith"? (v. 40) Change (giants) happening in all the readings just like is happening around us today.
One of our main goals is the care of our "people." Another, just as important goal, is the care of ourselves so we can take care of our "people." The question is -- do we REALLY believe Jesus is "in the boat" with us? Is Jesus asking us "have you still no faith?" Something to think about......
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