Think back to when you were a teenager, or if you are a teenager, listen up =), as teenagers, we had a certain amount of life experience, and we had seen our parents make a certain amount of mistakes. Since the age of reason, since around eight years old, we had begun to develop our own ability to discover the truth. At some point, we were tempted to strike out on our own and reject anything that we did not yet understand. When we reach this point, sometimes as a teenager and sometimes earlier, we are tempted to reject some of the truths that our parents hold; but could it be that because of their longer life experience, there are still truths outside our grasp, truths which we should hold on to out of trust, out of faith? The mystery of the Eucharist is one such truth, one such mystery, which our ultimate parent, God the Father, shares through the words of Jesus and through our mother, the Church, from generation to generation, as it reaches us today. This Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel testifies that Jesus worked many miracles. Today we hear that with his voice, with his words, he was able to quell the storm. The wind ceased and there was “a great calm.” Isn’t it true that when we hear miracles like these we grow expectant of miracles in our own lives? We are even tempted to think sometimes that if God were truly God, or if God truly cared about us, the storms of this world would never touch us. Or even if the storms came, some profound payer would bring a miracle and calm. How can we expect this when according to the Gospel, it was Jesus who sent the disciples into the storm? It was Jesus who said, “Let us go to the other side.” And even after he calmed the storm, it was Jesus who questioned them saying, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” None of us likes to suffer the storms of the world, yet that is precisely where Christ sends us. Not to be afraid, but to have trust. This is one message of today’s Gospel.