My Dear Sisters and Brothers!
Have you ever been in a situation when you felt so powerless that you turned to Jesus for help? It could be an illness, a relationship issue, a problem at work, losing sense of direction in life, confusion about the Church etc. How did you feel when it became quiet again? Did you hear Jesus asking you: “How is it that you have no faith?”? or maybe you were so busy to get back to your “normal” life that the quiet moment Jesus was giving you to hear him you filled with a cyclone of your plans for the future. This Sunday as we pause for a moment we do hear that question we overlooked after our own life storms: “How is it that you have no faith?” “Why should we have faith now?” we could ask or another question to ask Jesus today: “Where does faith come from?”
The answer to this question is twofold.
Firstly as we read in the Scriptures, in the Letter to the Romans: “Faith comes from hearing, and that means hearing the word of Christ.” The Gospel passage for this Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time concludes the fourth chapter of the Mark’s Gospel. Let’s find out what else we have in this fourth chapter. We can go an easy way and remember what we heard in the Gospel last Sunday. What was the Gospel about last week? We heard the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the seed growing by itself. If we keep exploring the chapter we also find that there are the parables of the measure, of the lamp and of the sower. We also find out that in the chapter four twice Jesus explained everything to his disciples when they were alone. Why did Jesus speak so much? Was he simply talkative? Let’s go back to what we read in the Letter to the Romans: “Faith comes from hearing, and that means hearing the word of Christ.” Jesus knew that those disciples, and us too, would never have faith if he didn’t give us his holy word to plant faith in our hearts and souls. However his word needs not only explanation but confrontation with reality as well. We need to experience the power and truth of his word, which becomes the foundation of our life, which grafts us into Jesus and develops the most intimate relation with the Lord – faith. Faith grows when we are confronted with difficulties when we are hopeless and helpless, when it comes to survival or perishing. Survival and eternal life comes from placing our full trust and confidence in our Blessed Lord who may seem to be sleeping to us but in fact he doesn’t let us out of his sight.
That boat on the Lake of Galilee is Jesus’ promise that he will be in all our turmoils, always and everywhere.