The Gospel of the day (Mark 4, 35-41)

Jesus Calms the Storm

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

God is Almighty

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Comment at the Gospel of Saint John the Evangelist, 1st book, Cap. 9, in Church Fathers and Writers (2000), vol. 41, p. 92

The One Born Who fills everything with the inexpressible power of divinity and is together with the angels in heaven and with us on earth not leaving the hell empty of his divinity but being present everywhere for all, He doesn`t separate Himself of no one. For this reason in a due manner the Psalmist says marveling:

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.

The divine hand covers all place and all creation sustaining alive all creatures keeping alive those which need life and pouring spiritual light over those who are capable of understanding. But He is not in space as I previously said nor He accepts the movement but He rather fills everything as God.

Saint John Cassian, Spiritual Talks, About the Incarnation of God, the 5th Book, Cap. IV, 6, in Church Fathers and Writers (1990), vol. 57, p. 821

No matter how great and inexpressible are those which were made however nothing is so large and boundless to enclose their Creator.

Saint Maximus the Confessor, Ambigua, second part, 84, in Church Fathers and Writers (1983), vol. 80, p. 227

If therefore every divine work according to its true reason indicates the undivided whole God through itself in each thing according to the reason for existence in its own way of that thing, who could tell exactly how God is whole in all in a common way and in everything that exists in part in an undivided way without multiplying Himself in various forms in the endless differences of the things in which He is present as the true existing One without resuming to the particular existence of one of them and without contracting in a unique whole all the different things but He is all in all for real That One Who never renounces at His undivided simplicity ?


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