A Sermon from St Jerome
The fifth miraculous sign which the Lord wrought was on this wise: going on board the ship at Capernaum, he commanded the winds and the sea. The sixth was done in the country of the Gergesenes, when he gave the unclean spirits power over the swine. The seventh was upon entering into his own city, when he cured the second paralytic in his bed. For the former paralytic which he cured was the Centurion's servant.
But he was asleep, and his disciples came unto him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us, we perish. We can see a type of this sign in Jonah who, while the others were in danger, was himself secure, and was fast asleep, and was awakened; which same ordered those who awakened him to throw him into the sea, whereby he delivered them by the mystery of suffering in his own person. The Gospel saith that our Lord arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea. Wherefrom we understand that all creatures give recognition to their Creator. For these things which he rebuked and commanded, felt the power of him that rebuked and commanded them. Now, these things (which pay no heed to us) obeyed him, not because (as hereticks falsely suppose) all things have a rational soul, but because all things are subject to the Majesty of their Maker.
The men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? It was not the disciples but the sailors, and others who were in the ship, that were astonished. But if anyone had a desire to content that it was the disciples who were astonished, we will reply that they are then justly called men, rather than disciples, if they did not yet know the Saviour's power.