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Gospel Reflections (Mark 4:35-41)
Jesus certainly seems to have chosen a pretty dim and unappreciative group of disciples. They do call him ‘Master’, but after all the wonders he has performed they still don’t really trust him, and have no hesitation about addressing him rudely and brusquely. Did you think, ‘Just like me’? Well, perhaps I am just as untrusting. We often behave as though Jesus were quietly snoozing, quite unconcerned about our troubles and worries, as we struggle hopelessly, up to our necks in the mud and sinking rapidly. However, once Jesus’ attention has been roused, once the disciples have put their trust in him, he effortlessly remedies the situation. This incident is the climax of a series of wonders, when we see Jesus’ authority gradually increasing. First he imperiously called the disciples and they followed. Then he taught authoritatively in the synagogue as no other had ever taught. Next he had the effrontery to forgive sins, as only God can do. Now he controls the elements. Only God controls the wind and the waves, as in the psalms God ‘walks on the backs of the waves’. The disciples are awe-struck; they react with astonishment. But, just like me too, they soon forget again and are surprised when Jesus comes to their rescue. What are the qualities required by a disciple of Christ? Why did Jesus choose such an unappreciative bunch?
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