Jesus calms a storm at sea
BIBLE REFERENCE : Mt 8:23-27, Mk 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25

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.

The message is that a popular uprising is not The Way.
Christ's message will not be spread by armed might,
by force, or even communal group action.
It is more like a mustard seed
than a bulldozer, or a tank.

Perhaps it is a message that both the protestors
and the suicide bombers of today need to hear.

Sadly this is a message that has been lost in charismatic fervour,
and the exchange of a man to follow for a God to worship.
The Crusades, Inquisition, burning of heretics followed,
in the wake of the power-driven church hierarchy.
The world is left to reap the inevitable results,
drowned in a sea of its own desires.

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