Mass Readings: 2 Samuel 12:1-7,10-17/Mark 4:35-41

Peace in the Storm

David made a storm of his life. But when he was challenged by God for his murder and adultery, he, unlike his predecessor Saul, didn’t say, “Hey, what do I have to do to look good again?” He showed contrition from the heart — indeed from the gut — and really repented. He took his punishment (and a terrible punishment it was, necessitated by the fact that he had acted, not as a private citizen but as the king, husband, and father of the people of Israel) and he was forgiven by God.

Sometimes, we feel like him and the apostles in today’s Gospel: fearing that the boat of our lives will be swamped. But Christ is in the boat with us, not someplace else looking on. He still says, “Quiet. Be still.”

Prayer: Jesus, be with me during the storms and bring me to safe harbor in heaven.