Sometimes Jesus gets grouchy.
by Mike Baughman
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41
For Sunday, June 24, 2012: Year B—Ordinary 12
For most pastors, this is an easy Sunday. They flip open to Mark 4, see that this is the story of God calming the storm. They think of the metaphorical storms in congregants’ lives and tweak up their best “Jesus can calm the storm in your life” sermon.
It’s a good sermon and a good message. If that’s the sermon you want to preach, go for it. Feel free to ignore what I write below.
Jesus is Kind of a Jerk
I’ve spent some time sailing—I’ve been trapped in the midst of a sudden storm with swells as big as the boat I was in. It’s scary…like I’m glad I was wearing a bathing suit scary because it makes the pee a lot less noticeable. If my sailing partner had been napping at the time, I sure as hell would have woken her up!
Still, I’m not bagging on Jesus. I can relate. The disciples might have just been waking up Jesus to grab a bucket and start bailing water from the boat. I get pretty grouchy when people wake me up and want something from me, but I’m not sure the disciples deserve this kind of treatment.
“All hands on deck,” as they say!