Midrash on Mark Reflection:
Gospel Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. but he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
What time of day was it they set out?
How many other boats do you suppose were there?
Why did they go out in the evening?
Do you suppose they would do some fishing on the way?
Have you ever set out to do something with a particular route in mind so as to multitask?
Why did Jesus fall asleep?
Why didn’t he wake with the storm?
What did Jesus say to the wind? What do you suppose a rebuke from Jesus would sound like?
I wonder if the disciples fear for their lives sounded like a clamor of wind in Jesus’ ears.
What did Jesus say to the disciples?
Does this story remind you of something?
When do you most need Jesus?
What causes the most wind and waves in your life right now?
How might your congregation engage about this scripture?
What gives them the most fear in their lives?
What do they need most from Jesus?
What is the last question asked in the story?
How might Jesus rebuke the wind and calm the waves in your life?
How might Jesus rebuke the wind and calm the waves in your congregation?