Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 28, 2011

Bill Kusek

Junior, Biology Major

Gn 19:15-29
Ps 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
Mt 8:23-27

"He got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm." -Matthew 8:26

Try to imagine this scene from the Gospel playing out in contemporary times. With recent natural disasters in the world, I try to visualize Jesus standing in a shaking building during an earthquake, maybe even napping as the tremors start. As things fall around him and people become overwhelmed with hysteria, Jesus is calm and even exudes calm. People would think he is crazy for not reacting in the expected way. Instead he understands that the physical existence of the world is not where the most essential part of our existence lies.

I’m sure the disciples felt similarly, fearing that their life's journey would come to an end in the middle of the cold, lonely sea. The sea can be seen as our inner self, restless and unpredictable, even dangerous at times. While we inwardly are frightened of the terrible things, real and imagined, occurring in our lives, Jesus lets us know that our fear is not necessary. St. Augustine said it well when he said, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” When we place our trust in things that are not truly permanent (our boats, our buildings, our successes, our failures) we find that we stand on a platform that topples with the storm. But if we can find the calm Jesus talks of that comes from our love for one another, our spirits can experience smooth sailing.

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