Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mark 4:35-41

Year B - Pentecost +4 or Energy to Witness 4
June 21, 2015

Leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was [exhausted?].

Other boats were with him. [A convoy?]

A great windstorm arose and waves beat into the boat, swamping it. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep.

[How do you imagine the other boats were fairing? Also swamped with fear?]

Cries [from all the boats?] woke Jesus: “We’re perishing; don’t you care?”

He awoke to say, “Peace. Be still.” And their fears were calmed and they saw the wind and themselves for what they were [Vanity. Illusory. Windy (not the breath of creation windy or Pentecost windy).]

As regularly as storms arise, so we avoid deep questions such as, “Why am I afraid?”

See us sidestep this hard question with an easier question of authority, “Who calmed the wind [and agitates us with a question of trust]?”

Still the church asks questions about authority—externals, rites, and rules. These cover up our fear rather than bring us Peace. Quiet.

Still the church asks Jesus to “Stand By Me” rather than “Sleep and Dream In Our Boat”. We are all going down in one storm or another, even Jesus. Imagine the storm in the Pentecost room we so easily forget about from a few short weeks ago. To sing, “Stand By ME” keeps folks in the room. Joining Jesus in Dreamtime sends folks out into the mystery of one another’s lives. May you have the Peace, the Quiet, the Dream of repairing/healing external and internal storms. A hearty tikkun olam to you and all in the midst of whatever is currently blowing a fear that divides us from ours self and others.

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