Readings for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 6:45-56; Ephesians 3:14-21; Genesis 9:8-17

I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise that God, who created our world, has also used the elements of nature when revealing Himself to us in new ways. An early example we see in Genesis where -after judging the world’s sin by a devastating flood- God places a rainbow in the sky. Still today, the rainbow is a sign of God’s enduring promise to have mercy on a fallen world (Gen. 9).

In the Gospel lesson, the disciples witness Jesus walking on water and are terrified by the sight. With hardened hearts, they see this defiance of nature’s laws as strange and threatening; it is not for them, so they think. But the healing miracles that Jesus does afterwards prove otherwise (Mark 6).

In the Epistle lesson, Paul offers a prayer that you and I would receive strength from God to know the scope of His love for us in Jesus Christ. The human heart and mind are naturally weak. Only through the Spirit’s power can we begin to grasp the full implications of Christ’s love (Eph. 3).

What signs in nature have you seen that testify to God’s mercy and love for mankind?