Wednesday, June 27, 2012

5 Pentecost

Readings are here.

A reflection I wrote on the Gospel:

Isolated and alone
Woman of blood
pours herself towards
the fabric of life.

Dewdrop of hope
slips down the thread
to the woman
with outstretched hands

From Edge of Enclosure.

Image from the catacombs.

Monday, June 25, 2012

4 Pentecost

Readings are here.

Mark 4:35-41
When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Jesus asks, "Have you no faith?" -- maybe it is faith in ourselves that makes us afraid? The disciples were mostly fishermen - they knew the sea, they knew storms. Jesus trusts them to sail the boat and he rests in the peace of their skill and trust that God is with us through storm and calm. Below is my painting of the scene: