Calming the Storm (Mk 4:35-41)

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That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

Dear Jesus, my Risen Lord,

My mind is often a raging sea with waves of wanton thoughts and destructive emotions.

Dear Jesus, my Risen Lord,

Many a times I feel suffocated by the fear of yielding to those negative and destructive emotions.

At times, I feel that I have almost got drowned in them.

A number of times I have been over powered by them.

On several occasions I have been tossed around by those strong tempest of temptations.

I am eternally grateful for having been rescued from the squall of sinful emotions just as you rescued your disciples from the raging sea.

Dear Jesus, my Risen Lord,

Thank you for saving me before I got perished for ever.

Those traumatic memories still keep haunting me.

Those killer waves:

of lusting after anger,

of lusting after revenge,

of lusting after retaliation,

of lusting after power,

of lusting after money,

of lusting after carnal pleasures.     They keep on haunting me..

Dear Jesus, my Risen Lord,

Like the disciples I have felt and feared of your lack interest in me.

But you were always there within me and around me.

Due to the over bearing fury of those killer emotions,

I did fail to feel your silent presence in me.

But you were there always.

Though temporarily I got pulled down under the strong currents of sinful emotions and actions,

You, Oh, Lord, did rescue me from getting lost forever.

Thank you,

Oh, Lord, My Saviour and My God!

Millions and Millions of Thanks! Oh, Lord!

Dear Jesus, the Risen Lord,

I bring before you:

Everyone of my loved ones.

Everyone of my enemies who were and are.

Everyone who loves as well as hates me.

Everyone whom I love and whom i hate.

Everyone who helps me and who don’t.

Everyone whom i have lead astray.

Everyone who is sick and needs healing.

Everyone who is in despair and needs hope.

Every priest who is in need of prayers.

Everyone who has met with me!

Oh, Jesus, My Lord and My God,

I thank You,

I thank the Father,

I thank the Spirit,

For Your Unsolicited gift of life for me!

For Your Uncountable blessings for me!

For Your Unlimited Patience with me!

For Your Untold Forgiveness for me!

For Your Unflinching faith in me!

For Your Unfailing Hope in me!

For Your Unconditional Love of me!

Amen

JoAchen

 

Picture Credit: Ludolf Backhuysen, – Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

JoAchan

Fr Joe Kallani is a Pallotine priest who describes himself as the "prodigal priest in process." He had his academic studies in Indian Philosophy (India), Sacred Scriptures(Rome), Psychology (USA). Monologues is a column Fr Kallani writes for Arpanam.com He states that these reflections are neither pure scientific exegesis nor are they any highly theological explanations. They are a sort of devotional musings and monologues mainly meant for personal renewal and spiritual growth. He can be reached via Joachenmonologues@gmail.com

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