As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Today’s scripture reading is from the Gospel of Mark 6:47-56.
This parable is about Jesus convincing His disciples that He is the Son of God. Jesus had already performed miracles in their presence, such as the feeding of the five thousand, but the disciples were still amazed whenever Jesus did something miraculous. Jesus wanted the disciples to fully accept and believe that He was, indeed, the Son of God. He wanted them no longer to be surprised whenever He performed miracles. If they truly accepted Him as the Son of God, then they would understand what glories He was capable of, and His wonders would no longer bewilder them.
In this reading, Jesus sees the disciples in the middle of the lake, struggling to row their boats against the strong winds of a storm. He then proceeds to walk on the water out toward their boat. The disciples are shocked and even frightened when they see Jesus coming to them across the water. They are afraid because they think He may be a ghost. Jesus reassures them, and then climbs into their boat.
Immediately, the winds cease and the disciples are no longer afraid. Jesus’ presence calms them, but they are still amazed because they still do not fully understand Jesus’ previous miracles.
Jesus’ presence in our lives is a calming thing, and can certainly be very reassuring at times. His presence was definitely calming to the disciples during their time of trouble, but Jesus’ walking on water still amazed them. The disciples had yet to take the final step in accepting Jesus as the Son of God, and realizing that there was nothing he would or could not do for them. Even Christians sometimes find it hard to completely believe what Jesus is capable of doing for them.
We should “Take Courage!” as Jesus so firmly stated in this reading. We should trust and believe that Jesus, being God’s Son, will always be there for us…in times of bad as well as in times of good. He will never abandon us, just as He did not abandon the disciples caught in the storm.
Brookland-Cayce High School, Grade 11
Columbia, South Carolina
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