Stormy Waters – a sermon by Norman Allen CBE, Reader, delivered at the Sung Communion service on Sunday 24th February 2019 (The Second Sunday before Lent). Based on the Gospel reading: Luke 8, 22-25
Jesus’s stormy passage recalls another maritime adventure, when the sail training ship Malcolm Miller was crossing the North Sea from Norway. In a rising gale, she was making more than fifteen knots, with green seas washing the lee deck. It was exhilarating sailing for the 39 boys, as they learned to trust the ship, and to discover themselves.
We balanced on the foot ropes, leaning over the yard, fighting the heavy canvas, to lash down the gaskets. We were glad to scramble down to the heaving deck, to receive grins from our watches and the Skipper’s nod of approval. Galilean fishermen would have been proud of us!
When Jesus’s disciples were afraid that they would die in the storm, He challenged them saying, – “Where is your faith?” Faith is hard won, – the faith that the disciples discovered at the first Easter and began to preach to many peoples at Pentecost, – it is ours, especially when we risk unpopularity, as we face the storms of life, with hope and faith, – never flinching from speaking truth to power.
Readings: Genesis 2 4b-9, 15-end, Revelation 4,Luke 8 22-25