In each of the Gospels, the story follows a similar pattern,
even though the detail of the events is different in each account.
Great crowds have followed Jesus from the mountain into the town,
where he performs a miracle or two and tells some parables.
Jesus then tries to get away from the crowd,
for he perceives where danger lies.
The calming of the reported storm carries the key message.
The storm tells of a riot initiated by the crowd,
sparked off by the radical teaching of Jesus.
It is a potential revolution, a revolt,
which Jesus calms.