Saturday, January 27, 2007

In the same boat

Today's readings correlate fabulously. The first reading is the powerful section of Hebrews describing faith ("the evidence of things not seen") and the faithful (Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph...). The Gospel is the story of the calming of the sea, where Jesus, roused from sleep during a violent storm, cooly quells the wind and waves with a word and then asks his disciples, "Where is your faith?"
Faith that, as Psalm 117 in Morning Prayer tells us, "Strong is God's love for us; he is faithful forever." Faith in the faithfulness of God. Faith that Jesus really is Life, so that Julian of Norwich tells us, if we were at the bottom of the sea (where the disciples in today's Gospel fully expected to end up), if we were there with Jesus, "all would be well."

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