May 23-20, 2016
Matthew 8:23-27 - When [Jesus] got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?" (RSV - Gospel for Thursday)
“Lord, save me!” - St. Cyril of Alexandria teaches us that the exclamation “save us” is commendable since it shows faith. But to say “we are perishing” brings a charge of littleness of faith against those who were in deep distress. They indeed put their hope in Christ who was sailing with them. They were not totally faithless but were at that point “of little faith,” since in their danger they did not take courage from the fact of Christ’s being with them. (Fragment 99)
Christ is always with us. When we become swamped with the events of life we can forget that he is always with us. When this happens cry out “Lord, save me!” That is enough. He will not let you perish.
The Apostles Fast began after Vespers on Sunday evening (after the conclusion of All Saints Sunday) and continues until June 29, the Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.