12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 20, 2021
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Passing on Fearlessness
The disciples have been coached by Jesus. Taught by Him. They have listened with the crowds to the parables which Jesus explained to them: “He explained everything in private to his disciples.” (Mark 4:34)
So now Jesus invites the disciples to join him in crossing over to the other side. As the story in today’s Gospel unfolds, the meaning of “crossing over” will become clear. This is a symbolic interior journey from fear to faith. If the teaching Jesus offered, along with the explanation that was given was understood; the disciples will be able to cross to the other side with him. In essence, they will have put on “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). They will become his disciples not only in desire but in actuality.
Each of us knows that it is one thing to hear “everything” explained and quite another thing to understand and integrate what we have heard into our lives. The boat trip that the disciples take with Jesus will show that there is a need for more understanding and integration of his teaching.
The point of Jesus’ teaching is a transformation from fear to faith. We learn that the disciples cannot yet make the crossing Jesus’ had hoped for. The storm makes them doubt. So, they awaken Jesus, their teacher, and he models a faith filled response, a response to the storm rooted in the love and power of God. Jesus then asks them to look at themselves, they continue to puzzle over Him.
The awakened Jesus shows them the power of a steady mind open to God and how meditating on God’s power helps during the storms of life. He gives commands of silence and peace, and the winds and waves have no option but to obey.
Here are a couple questions for you to ponder after you have read today’s full Gospel passage. What can you do to increase your faith? What do you do when you are uncertain? How do you notice the signs of God’s presence in your life?
This weekend the Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrates its bicentennial. Join me in thanking God for the blessing we have received and continue with the faithful to radiate Christ to all.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len