We read in the Gospel today, “As Jesus got into a boat. his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up from the so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him saying, ‘Lord. save us! We are perishing!’ He said to them, ‘Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?’ Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.”(Mat:23-26)
When Adam and Eve sinned, sin affected all of creation. Which means that there is a certain power of evil in nature that can be unleashed. If you have ever been to a world youth day mass with John Paul II you will have noticed that there was always bad weather before the mass. I remember one priest saying, “We need a priest that knows know to bind the power of evil in nature.”
As christians we do have a real power over the demonic power in nature because of the fall of Adam and Eve. Jesus came to restore all of creation to it original purpose. St Francis is a beautiful model of this when he calls water, ‘sister water’ and fire, ‘brother fire.’ St Francis saw the original order and beauty of nature. Nature does reflect the beauty of God in a grand way, but it is effected by sin also. We read in Isaiah that the Lion and the Lamb will lie down together. This is a reflection of Heaven.
Next time you see a violent storm in nature. Here is a prayer.
A Prayer for Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen.