Sunday, June 20

Gospel of Mark 4:35–41

Who is this whom even wind and sea obey?

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”

As I begin my contemplation I become still and listen to my heartfelt desires.

After reading the Gospel I am invited to enter the scene with imaginative Contemplation.

I notice – Where am I drawn to in the scene?

What can I hear? Perhaps I can hear shouting, crashing waves, thunder etc. What does Jesus say?

What can I see? Can I see the waves? Where is Jesus? What is he doing? Does he know me?

What can I feel and touch? Am I cold and wet? can I feel the wind? or is it quiet and still? What can I taste? Perhaps I can taste the salt water or the fear…

What happens as Jesus says “Peace! Be still!”?

I allow my prayerful imagination to flow where it will.

At the end of the contemplation I return to my heartfelt desires and ponder any insights or invitations that are life giving and give thanks.

Jesus Say Amen!