Monday, June 18, 2012

Mark 4:35-41


Pentecost +4 - Year B


The parables are over, now it is time for disjunctures in nature - miracles, if you will. The same boat from which grand teachings came is the boat in danger on the sea. The best of teachings do not protect from a choice of responses available.

The Presence of G*D is not only like a mustard seed, but like a boat in a perfect storm.

Is Jesus sleeping a reincarnation of Buddha? Does Jesus really exorcise the wind (spirit/ breath/ruach/pneuma)? Why suggest that fear and faith are in opposition to one another and are a zero-sum game where only one will prevail?

In hearing teachings from the boat and in experiencing miracles in the boat, the question of the disciples is what we are all left with - “Huh?”, “What?”, “How?” “Who?”

Pentecost began with the roar of wind in the midst of fear. Pentecost continues with the roar of fear in the midst of wind. We are a tiny, buffeted community murmuring and muttering along our way. Blessings on our not having it all worked out and simply proceeding.

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