2nd Sunday before Lent 27.1.13 Luke 8.22-25

26 01 2013

Amazing Calm

This passage has been selected to illustrate Jesus’ lordship over the created order. A deeper reading suggests that it might be about more than a bit of bad weather.

Calming the storm, Hitda-Codex,

Calming the storm, Hitda-Codex, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 8.22-25

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they put out, 23and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A gale swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. 24They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. 25He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?’


To help give shape to the reflection here are three types of question: head questions, heart questions and hand questions. They are about our intellectual response, our emotional response and our practical or behavioural response. I hope that you will want to work at all three levels.

‘Head Questions’

  1. Can you point out where this event happened on a map?
  2. In Jesus’ time the sea would have been a place of malevolent spirits. Where is that place for you?
  3. What does it means to say that the wind and water obey him?

‘Heart Questions’

  1. How do you think Jesus felt, given that he fell asleep?
  2. Have you ever experienced a storm in a small boat? How did it feel?
  3. What’s it like when a storm ends?

‘Hand Questions’

  1. Jesus initiated a faith-testing journey for the disciples> Is he suggesting one for you?
  2. when you fear that you are perishing in one of life’s storms… how does your faith inform your actions?
  3. ‘Where is your faith’ today?


These questions are intended to challenge you to engage more closely with the passage and to hear and feel what it has to say to you. That’s more than a five-minute task. And so is the follow-up, working out what you might want to say to others as a result of engaging with the passage with head, heart and hands. Take your time.