Year B Proper 7 Mark 4 2012
Calming of the Tempest
Mark 4:35-41

Victor Hugo, who is famous for his novel the Hunchback of Notre Dame, also wrote a story called "Ninety-Three." It tells of a ship caught in a dangerous storm on the high seas. At the height of the storm, the frightened sailors heard a terrible crashing noise below the deck. They knew at once that this new noise came from a cannon, part of the ship's cargo, that had broken loose. It was moving back and forth with the swaying of the ship, crashing into the side of the ship with terrible impact. Knowing that it could cause the ship to sink, two brave sailors volunteered to make the dangerous attempt to retie the loose cannon. They knew the danger of a shipwreck from the cannon was greater than the fury of the storm.

That is like human life. Storms of life may blow about us, but it is not these exterior storms that pose the gravest danger. It is the terrible corruption that can exist within us which can overwhelm us. The furious storm outside may be overwhelming but what is going on inside can pose the greater threat to our lives. Our only hope lies in conquering that wild enemy...

  1. Storms Come Suddenly.
  2. Storms Can Make You Lose Direction.
  3. Our Fear of the Storm Has the Power to Paralyze.

Stand By Me
Mark 4:35-41

As summer heats up it is important to always bring a sweater with you.

Huh?! (Yes, I know a sweater is something your mother puts on you when she is cold!)

Likewise if you head to Minnesota in mid-winter you would be wise to bring something lightweight and with short sleeves.


These seemingly illogical suggestion are actually good ideas. Why? Because our culture is addicted to "climate control." Air conditioning and central heating make it possible for us to create any kind of climate, any sort of indoor "weather," we want. Since we still cannot control what kind of weather we encounter outside, in the real world, we over-compensate in our encapsulated climates — our homes, shopping malls, restaurants, office buildings, airplanes... presents Leonard Sweet