The Gospel (Luke 8, 22-25)Jesus Calms the Storm

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Nature reveals God to us

Saint Athanasios the Great, Word against the Greeks, XXXVI, in Church Fathers and Writers (1987), vol. 15, pp. 70-71

Who seeing united those which are opposite to nature co existing in a harmonious bond seeing for example the fire united with the coolness and the dryness with water without any struggle between them, forming a unity as a single body wouldn`t think that the One who unites them is outside them?

Who, seeing winter withdrawing before springtime and springtime before summer and summer before autumn that these although being opposite by their nature ( one cooling, the other burning, the other one feeding and the other withering) they equally serve in an unharmful way to people would not understand that there is Someone greater than them Who keeps them in unity and leads them all even if he doesn`t see Him? Who when seeing the clouds drifted by air and bearing inside waters would not think of the One Who linked them all and settled them? Or who when seeing the earth itself so heavy by nature leaning on waters and remaining unmoved on what it moves by nature would not think that Someone, namely God, settled them and made them the way they are?

Who when seeing the fruit bearing of the earth and the rains from the skies and the flowing of the rivers and the nature of the springs and the reproduction of the animals by the unification of the non identical and these taking place only at certain settled times; and generally when someone seeing the steady unchanged order consisting of the non identical or opposite components would not think that there is a unique power which created this order and rules it how is due to remain in the same way? They could not co exist and remain this way by themselves taking into account the opposition of their natures; as water is by its nature heavy and flowing down and the clouds are light and they tend to go up, but despite these the water is carried by clouds. The earth is very heavy and the water lighter than it however what it is heavy is carried by what it is lighter and the earth does not fall down but remained unmoved. In the same way what it is of male nature is different of what it is of female nature however they couple and from them comes to life some other new creatures like them. Briefly speaking coolness is opposite to warmth and water to dryness however by their union they are not opposing to each other but by their combination they form a body and give birth to everything.`


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