Homily for the 12th Ordinary Sunday B
“Let’s go to the other side,” Jesus said to his disciples. On what other shore does Jesus take us with this account of the tempest at rest?
The answer to this question is, it seems to me, in the two questions which conclude this passage. Jesus' question: "How come you don't have faith?" "And the questioning of the disciples:" Who is he then? "
The other shore, towards which Jesus leads his disciples and leads us, is faith. Jesus invites us to believe in him, to trust him no matter what storms we may go through.
First of all, who is he in whom we believe? This is the question of the disciples astonished before this Jesus to whom the elements obey, master of creation, master of life. In him is manifested the power of God. Who is he who is on board with us and who seems not to care about all the storms that shake us? And who invites us to trust, to faith.
Who then is he for us the one in whom we believe? We call ourselves believers, but believers in what? Believers in whom? Why ? How? 'Or' What ?
What we call “faith” can be just a religious culture, a veneer, a set of good principles that parents want to instill in their children, good habits… All of this is respectable, no doubt; some even think it's better than nothing.
But, let us repeat, the Christian faith is first of all a personal adhesion to Christ “on board” with us. He is the Son of God, died for us and rose from the dead. He is our Passover and brings us from death to life every day. It is the source of life, the source of our loyalty and our commitments. We take his word for it. In him, we have complete confidence. Like Paul, can we say, “I know in whom I have put my faith. "
Jesus invites us to believe in him, to trust him despite all the storms we are going through. Jesus takes into account the anxieties of the disciples in the face of the angry elements. Jesus calms the sea. By thus calming the sea Jesus moves his disciples from fear to trust, from danger to security, from disturbance to peace.
Storms, fears, anxieties, we live from them today. Of course, we are no longer to fear the presence of aquatic demons, but we know that the spirit of evil is very present, it is clear that its misdeeds on earth. The misdeeds of lies, racism, all fanaticism, violence, injustice etc., embody these forces of evil today.
Our planet is a great ship that moves through the midst of the storm in search of peace, livelihoods and security for all. "Where is the world going? We ask ourselves sometimes with anguish, especially with the pandemic.
The Church, the "barque de Pierre" also suffered the onslaught of the breaking waves: the scandal of the abuse of spiritual power and of child crime, internal divisions, religious indifference, malicious comments and judgments. , and even, on occasion, the mediocrity of Christians. By the time Mark was writing this gospel, turmoil had unleashed in the Roman Empire; Peter and Paul and many others had been martyred. Today Christians are still suffering and dying because of their faith.
And then each of us also has his storms in his body, in his heart or in his faith, at the risk of capsizing: mourning, illnesses, handicap, weaknesses, professional failures, failed marriage ... "We are lost! ... Where are you so? ... Are you sleeping Lord? Are we tempted to shout sometimes.
This story of the calmed storm is there to allay our fears, our anxieties. Christ is on board with us in our galleys.
This gospel is a call to trust. Even if we do not understand everything that happens to us, even if we are tossed about by events, evolutions, even if we do not control everything of our life, we can trust the One who is on board with us. He is a sure, faithful and discreet companion, who, however, does not exempt us from rowing.
Through the Eucharist, we embark Christ on our boat; with him, we will cross to the other side.