The problem with writing a reflection on the gospel passage for today is to decide on which type of storms to focus. Homilists often spiritualize the problem, speaking of the internal turmoil of our emotions and thought patterns. At times, societal storms become the focus to highlight the real challenges that global climate change, oppressive social structures, or random acts of violence place on fully living our Christian vocation.

Speaking of different types of storms might suggest each category has a different origin. Whether an external or internal storm, they are intricately connected. As Jesuit St. Peter Faber once noted, the problems that human society faces have spiritual roots. Technological advances offer assistance, but only God can touch that place of fear, greed, or despair that causes these problems. We must turn to Christ like the apostles, and ask for a peace that transforms our hearts.

When I encounter the storms of a Christian vocation, where do I turn for help? Is Christ inviting me to trust him more deeply? If I am seeking peace in my life, where areas of my heart need to be transformed?

Dano Kennedy, S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying philosophy at St. Louis University. He lives at the Bellarmine House of Studies.