Reflection on The Storm at Sea by Sr. Maureen Marston S.P.
The Sea of Galilee
Jesus made the disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up by the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake, but when the disciples saw him walking towards them they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost," and they cried out in fear but immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."
Sunset on the Sea of Galilee
Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." he said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boar, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." (Matthew 14:22-33)
A storm is: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with thunder, strong wind, or heavy rain or snow.
It`s a tempest!
When the disciples set sail the sea was calm and then quite suddenly a fearful storm arose.
Ponder on your own life and the sudden storms you have encountered. Be gentle with yourself and choose one of the storms. Let yourself see all the details again and the feelings you have experienced. Let the feelings come and own them.
How did you respond?
Did you have a spiral of negative thoughts and feelings?
An immediate turning to God for help and understanding?
A gradual coming to terms with what was happening?
Perhaps decisions and seeing a way forward?
Who was there to support you?
Who were your friends?
Who listened with love and attention?
You may want to talk to Jesus about your storm.
What might you hear him say?
At this moment in your life what do you need saving from?
Talk to Jesus about it.
Who supports you at this time?
Who listens to you?
Who is praying for you?
What might your response be?