Thought for the Week

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  • 11 Jun 2024
Thought for the Week
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On the Sunday before Midsummer, the Gospel reading is a dramatic story of Jesus stilling a storm on the Sea of Galilee. It’s from Mark’s Gospel this Church year, which is thought to be based on the Apostle Peter’s memories that Mark heard when visiting Peter in prison in Rome.

This story is in essence in all the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke. The common details are that the storm suddenly arises, (as happens in that part of the world,) Jesus is asleep through the storm which alarms the disciples: they are frightened, wake him up and provokes wonderment when he commands the winds and waves to be calm; and they are stilled.

And the point of it all? They wonder who he is. Who can do such an awesome thing? And the penny begins to drop….

But do listen out for a detail not in the other Gospels: Jesus is asleep on a cushion in the stern.

Mrs S J Oliver, Holy Redeemer Church