The readings this week speak to me about turmoil-unrest in our lives. In the Book of Job, Job suffers trials of defeat. Why? The question posed by the book of Job is one that still puzzles most people today: Why do God's people suffer? God's response basically challenges Job's right to question the Almighty. It is a way of saying that God's ways and reasons are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals.
In the Gospel reading, a sudden squall on the Sea of Galilee provides the crisis in this story. Mark makes several points. Jesus is asleep, trusting in God, in contrast to the disciples who are frightened. When they rebuke Jesus for sleeping, he rebukes the wind and the sea and then rebukes the disciples for their lack of faith. The timing of the storm is a revelation, for as our first reading today noted, only God can control the wind and sea. Thus Mark points us to Christ's divinity, though the disciples do not fully understand.