Posted by: frburke23 | January 31, 2015

Thought for Saturday, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:35-41

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?”


Imagine the different journeys that Jesus has invited you to take.  He calls us to do many things in our lifetime, often things that we never thought were possible.  But He is always with us on the journey.

Jesus invited the disciples to “cross to the other side”.  This is symbolic of any journey that He invites us to make.  Along the journey a “violent squall came up”, just like the many trials and tribulations that come our way.  Where was Jesus?  He was asleep in the back of the boat.  But the important things was that He was with them and they lost their faith.  They felt alone and panicked.

Of course, Jesus calmed the storm with His words, “Quiet!  Be Still!”  When the Word of God speaks, everyone should obey and everything does obey, even the winds and the waves.  The Lord is with us on every journey, even when we don’t sense His presence.  He will never abandon us, especially on journeys that He has invited us to undertake.

Jesus looked at them and He looks at us today and asks, “Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?”

Is there a situation in my life that causes fear and anxiety?

Do I trust that the Lord is in my “boat” with me?

If you are afraid, call on the Lord.  He can calm the storms around us or sometimes He holds us close until the storm passes by us.   Do not be afraid, the Lord is with you.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

MARCOS 4:35-41

Aquel día, al atardecer, Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:
“Crucemos al otro lado.”
Dejando a la multitud, se llevaron a Jesús con ellos en la barca, así como estaba.
Y otras barcas estaban con él.
Una tormenta violenta se acercó y olas rompían sobre el barco,
por lo que ya se estaba llenando.
Jesús estaba en la popa, durmiendo sobre un cojín.
Lo despertaron y le dijeron:

“Maestro, ¿no te importa que perezcamos?”
Se despertó,
reprendió al viento, y dijo al mar: “¡Silencio! ¡Cálmate!”
El viento se calmó y sobrevino una gran calma.
Entonces él les preguntó: “¿Por qué están aterrorizados?
¿Aún no tienen fe? ”

Estaban llenos de gran temor y se decían unos a otros,
“¿Quién es éste quien aún el viento y el mar obedecen?”


Imagina los diferentes viajes que Jesús te ha invitado a tomar. Él nos llama a hacer muchas cosas en nuestra vida, a menudo cosas que nunca pensamos que fueran posibles. Pero Él está siempre con nosotros en el viaje.

Jesús invito a los discípulos a “cruzar al otro lado”. Esto es simbólico de cualquier viaje que Él nos invita a hacer. A lo largo del camino una “tormenta violenta ocurrió”, así como las muchas pruebas y tribulaciones que se nos presentan. ¿Dónde estaba Jesús? Él Estaba dormido en la parte trasera de la barca. Pero lo importante era que Él estaba con ellos y ellos perdieron su fe. Se sintieron solos y entraron en pánico.

Por supuesto, Jesús calmó la tormenta con Sus palabras: “¡Silencio! ¡Cálmate!” Cuando la Palabra de Dios habla, todos deben obedecer y todo obedece, incluso los vientos y las olas. El Señor está con nosotros en cada viaje, incluso cuando no sentimos Su presencia. Él nunca nos abandonará, especialmente en los viajes que Él nos ha invitado a emprender.

Jesús los vio a ellos y nos ve hoy a nosotros y pregunta: “¿Por qué están aterrorizados? ¿Aún no tienen fe?”

¿Hay una situación en mi vida que ocasiona miedo y ansiedad?

¿Confío en que el Señor está en mi “barca” conmigo?

Si tienes miedo, invoca al Señor. Él puede calmar las tormentas que nos rodean o a veces Él nos mantiene cerca hasta que la tormenta pasa. No tengas miedo, el Señor está contigo.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke



  1. At times I am confident in my choices. But then I wonder if my confidence is from God or because it’s what I want. I too need to increase my faith, be still and listen for His guidance so that I’m not afraid.

  2. Thanks Fr. Burke….The journeys in our life….great pondering!

    Have a Blessed Evening,

  3. Thanks Fr. Burke…your comments on this passage from Mark’s Gospel and the Gospel reading itself are a gift to me from the Lord. Thank you for ministering to us through your blog.

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