Who then is this, that wind and sea obey?
Who is this one, who swirling storm can stay?
See how the danger now has passed away!
Who then is this, so calm amidst the waves,
Who takes his rest, while tempest ‘round him raves?
Awake at last, with his own word he saves!
Who then is this, whom crowds have flocked to see?
This teacher, healer, from whom demons flee;
What is his call? What can his mission be?
This is the Christ, the Son of God most high!
Baptized and tested, hear his calling cry:
“See how the kingdom of our God is nigh!”
TEXT: Charles Spence Freeman, June 2021; after Mark 4:35-41 and earlier verses.
MUSIC: Tune SINE NOMINE, Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906.
The gospel reading for Proper 7B (fourth Sunday after Pentecost this year) culminates with this awed question from the disciples after Jesus has calmed the storm on the sea. The answer, ultimately, is found at the beginning of Mark’s gospel, where Jesus is introduced as the Son of God, where his baptism and temptation are noted, and where his proclamation of the kingdom of God is first stated.