12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 20, 2021
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO
Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?
When I close my eyes and try to imagine Jesus sleeping on a cushion in the stern of a boat, I picture a boat like the ones in the new series The Chosen. (I’m not in any way associated with the show except to say I enjoy watching it.) The boat is large enough to hold several people and the fish they catch. I can easily imagine the boat taking on water and the men trying to empty it, fighting a losing battle. What is hard for me to imagine is that Jesus sleeping through the storm. He must have been very tired. As they wake Jesus, his disciples ask him “Do you not care that we are perishing?”
“Teacher, do you not care…?” It seems like a strange thing for them to ask. I would be much more inclined to wake him by shouting, “Hey, get up and help us! Pick up a bucket and bail!!!”