June 3 Gospel Reading

Matthew 8:23-27

23
And when he was entered into
a ship, his disciples followed him.
24
And,
behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship
was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25
And
his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us:
we perish.

26
And
he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little
faith?
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and
there was a great calm.

27

But
the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the
winds and the sea obey him!

Before any words, I'm going to
post two icons that beautifully
portray this passage…

Christcalmsthestorm   
ArmenianCalming the storm The
icon on the right is an Armenian one from 1610.

John Wesley notes: "First, he
composed their spirits, and then the sea."
The Path's Fr.
Thomas Soroka quotes St. Cyril of Alexandria who writes:

"The
exclamation 'Save us' is commendable since it shows faith. But to say
'We are perishing' brings a charge of littleness of faith against those
who are in deep distress. They, indeed, put their hope in Christ who was
sailing with them. They were not totally faithless, but were at the
point of little faith since in their danger they did not take courage
from the fact of Christ's being with them."

May we take courage today in Christ being with
us, no matter what storms come our way. May we be found faithful. May we
remember that God never sleeps though Christ did.

This icon is
called "He Who Does Not Sleep" and was written by Arlene Tilghman.


Nosleep

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