Growing up on Lake Erie, I had opportunity to see small vessels caught in storms, buffeted by wind and rain. And as a child, storms frightened me. My mother would light a blessed candle, reassuring me that all would be well. Today violent storms cause me to pause. I have expensive surge protectors to protect my electronic equipment. Yet, when a storm arises, I am still fearful and I disconnect everything.
In our Gospel today, Jesus is with experienced fishermen who knew the peril of a storm at sea. What they did not yet know was the extent of Jesus’ power and his care for them. From what disaster does Jesus really save the disciples? From a storm? Yes, but much more. Jesus saves them from their lack of faith and trust in him.
After Jesus commanded the sea to be quiet, there was a great calm. Were the disciples calmed? Did they grow in faith?
For us, do the storms of our lives become occasions for us to grow in faith and trust that God is present, bringing us closer to him?