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?”
Few summers ago, I packed my bags and joined the San Jose seminarians for a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Madrid. An awe filled experience, walking the roads of Teresa of Avila, spanish saints, modern day Spain, and to which I stumbled across this little statue which holds a special place in my heart.
Many of the seminarians bought out the store of this image so we can give it as gifts to our friends back in America. It’s an image of the infant child Jesus, sleeping on his throne while holding the world in his hands. It is a fitting image for today’s gospel noted above. While at times it may seem that God is silent, he is still watching over us, he still is in control, he is still reigning in his majesty as the one whom the wind and sea obey.
Perhaps this pious spanish image reminds us that we must have child-like faith, resting in the hands of God always as children. For children live in the innocence, the joy, and above all, the absolute trust that God will guard and provide for them.
Even in his silence …. even in his ‘sleep’ God watches us!