Pope Francis spoke as he blessed the world from an empty St Peter’s Square this past March referencing the passage where the disciples were in the boat and a storm came up suddenly and they were fearful. He said, “We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us, fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting each other. In this boat are all of us.
Pope Francis is right, this whole pandemic has shown us our fragility as a church and as humanity even and need to be united in something greater, to be united in Jesus. It is a time where we can grow together, closer to Jesus, even in the midst of a storm.
The disciples in the storm were wondering, Jesus do you care? Jesus demonstrates that he cares. He does calm the storm, but he also calls for faith; do you trust me? I care about you. I love you. Put all your trust in me.
Many of us have the experience of not feeling cared for. Jesus in the gospel today is trying to cut through this. He says our Heavenly Father cares about you. He loves you and He proves it by sending His son to die for us. God will not abandon us and will not abandon His church. He didn’t remove our testing, but Jesus came into our story and we can unite our sufferings to him.