“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so, remain
Who Can This Be?
Ordinary 12 Year B St. Mark 4: 35 — 41
1. Yet again we observe our Lord putting in a real hard days teaching and then choosing a moment to pack up and go across the lake to a place of quiet and solitude. He could have found a bed in the locality where He had been at work — but it was not just physical rest He was seeking. He knew it was time for spiritual rest. After all, even His Heavenly Father took rest at Creation. Jesus had His favourite places for a quiet rest and solitude — and so should we. Not necessarily to “get away” from people, but to be free to focus on God.
2. We are permitted, indeed, required to be horrified by some of what we see going on around us; horrified but not terrified. Much of the turmoil about us is frightening, and as we have said, horrifying. But Jesus calls us to look to Him and not be afraid to keep going; and never retreat. He and He alone is our fortress, our inspiration, and our strength.
3. The disciples could talk all day about what Jesus had taught them. How could anyone forget His powerful delivery of religious instruction? But our Lord demonstrated to His dearly beloved friends that it is not enough to “quote by rote” — that is, to quote Him or Sacred Scripture from rote memory. He demonstrated effectively that His followers must ponder His words, His teaching, His torah. They must feed on His word, meditate on it, “chew it over,” look at it “this way and that” — according to their own personal gifts. In the process, they will perceive the real meaning of His instruction and be empowered to apply it in their daily life.
When His disciples down through the ages do this, they will discover — with great joy — that His service is hard work but never arduous. They will not be spared the effects of social and spiritual breakdown all around them, but they will be absolutely certain that they are yoked with the Master alongside them who will bear the greater load, and permit them to keep going whatever the ugly ferment around them.
Blessed be God who gives His own strength to