Reflections taken from Daily Mass Readings of the Catholic Church, New Zealand. The approach taken is that of Scripture Journaling or lectio divina (“Divine Reading”).
The Stumbling Follower has had no theological training and so his musings are just as the title suggests - Ramblings.
He hopes his love for the Lord Jesus will encourage and edify.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
Jesus is at the height of His public ministry. He has just fed the five thousand and walked on water. People are seeing Him as the miracle man of God and flock to Him for healing.
I often wonder why there isn't the "scurrying about" to bring the sick into the Church today. Perhaps there is not the same level of faith and expectation that there was in Palestine two thousand years ago. There is certainly still the same need. Our hospitals are full of sick and dieing. Maybe the point of Jesus' healing ministry is being missed. He healed out of love and compassion but that was not his ultimate point. Or maybe it was. To show the love and compassion of God.
In my own way I can bring healing. Maybe not physical, but would still pray for that. Maybe I can bring the healing of spirit that can come with love and compassion.
Lord Jesus, help me give love and compassion to those I meet today, that You may be glorified.
And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ Mk.4:39,40
Jesus and His disciples have taken to a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee when a storm rises up. While the storm threatens to overwhelm them, the disciples in fear awake Jesus who is sleeping in the stern of the boat. Jesus rebukes the storm, which immediately subsides to the awe of the disciples. Jesus then reproaches the disciples for their lack of faith.
There is an inference from Jesus here that the disciples could have rebuked and calmed the storm themselves, if they had enough faith in Him, the creator of the wind and waves. I need to remember, whenever fear starts to choke me, that there is nothing that Jesus does not have supreme power over. I can trust in Him, no matter what the circumstance may be. Jesus is the antidote to fear.
Lord Jesus, You are co-creator of all. Help me to always place my trust in You. Little Flower, please pray for me.