Each month we gather to reflect upon the scriptures together. As we heard in our reading from Acts on the 5th Sunday of Easter, “How can I understand without a guide?”. The Ethiopian Eunuch knew that he needed help to make sense of the scriptures. In this particular approach to scriptures which we use on the first Sunday of each month, we invite and encourage each other to offer thoughts and reflections on the scriptures as well as look directly to the texts for our answers.
This week we will study the “Place of Faith in the Work of Jesus” and delve more deeply into its context and meaning. We will read in detail Mark 4:35-41, the story of Jesus calming the waters, and then compare that same story in the other synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke), exploring the similarities and differences. We then will delve into questions designed around this passage, such as what the account in Matthew contributes to the account, or how do we explain Jesus really being asleep in the midst of the storm, of what kind of faith that Jesus demonstrates have to do with whether or not death comes to them in this storm, and maybe most importantly, where was there “a great calm”: in the sea, or the disciples, or both?
You don’t need to be a biblical scholar to come! No experience is needed. We all have a hunger to know God and know about God. Looking closely at our scriptures is one way to do this. Come and join us.