5th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year I)
Genesis 1:1-19; Mark 6:53-56
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters…Genesis 1:1-2
About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” He got into the boat with them and the wind died down.Mark 6:48-51
The God who brought order out of the pure, primordial chaos in the beginning walked upon the surface of the sea as if it was dry land (still indistinct, prior to separation). Walking between the two waters (Genesis 1:6-8) crashing and terrorizing the disciples, the Creator of heaven and earth silenced the watery chaos, calmed the waves, and hushed thunder and lightning. Jesus approached the storm-tossed boat like a beacon of light in the midst of pitch darkness.
I am the light of the world.John 8:12
After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.Mark 6:53-56
After quelling the sea and sky, Jesus restored order to bodies that had fallen into disorder and defective chaos. From the cosmos (universe) to the microcosmos (Adam), broken strings were repaired and harmony orchestrated out of cacophony.
All creation bears
The fingerprint of God.
The finger of God in Christ
Touched Adam, son of God,
Healing his co-heirs.1
1 Romans 8:17.