Even the wind and the sea obey him (Mk 4:41). Ancient religions tell us stories that there is a god of the wind and another god of the sea, and today’s Gospel powerfully unveils that these gods obey Christ. For Christians, the wind is not a god, but it is a manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, and yet is almighty in power. To recognize that the power of Christ overrides the power of nature is an act of intentional faith, and thus for Christians, miracles do happen.
Christians believe in the power of God by the signs of a miracle. A miracle illustrates the intervention of the power of God in the process of nature, which overrides the power of nature. However, a miracle is not contrary to the power of nature, instead it completes and empowers the power of nature. Therefore, an authentic miracle normally indicates the power of God’s healing and response to our human powerlessness and natural incapability. Unfortunately, the power of God cannot be imitated, but it can only be received by faith and humility.
In summary, the Gospel today challenges us to examine our faith in Christ who is the God of gods and King of kings. At times Jesus seems to be sleeping, but if we, through persistent prayer and contemplation, wake him up, he will intervene and calm the wind and the waves of fears and anxieties for us. For nothing will be impossible with God (Lk 1:37).
Fr. Tien Cao