Monday, February 20, 2017

Reflection: Mark 9:14-29

Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time - Mark 9:14-29

In today’s reading, a man brought his son, who was possessed by a mute spirit, to Jesus.  The man had asked Jesus’ disciples to drive the spirit out, but the men were unable to do so.  When Jesus heard this, he said, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you”?  He then told the father to bring his son to Him. When the spirits saw Jesus, they immediately threw the boy into convulsions.  The child fell to the ground and he began to foam at the mouth.  Jesus asked the father some questions about his son.  Finally the father said to Jesus: “If you can do anything, please have compassion on us.  Please help him!”

Jesus quietly said to the father, “’If you can!’ Everything is possible to those who have faith.” The father immediately cried out: “I do believe; help my unbelief.”  Much to the crowd’s amazement, Jesus drew the unclean spirit out of the boy and pulled the boy to his feet.

What is the healing you desire?  It may be for you, for someone you love, or it might be for our broken and hurting world.   If you are uncertain that Jesus will answer your prayer, cry out to Him: “I do believe; help my unbelief!”  It may be helpful to repeat this phrase throughout the day or even throughout the week.  Trust that Jesus is healing you, your loved one, and our world even if you do not see the healing.  Healing is very different than a miraculous cure.  Healing takes time.  Be patient!  Trust!  Be attentive to small changes in your life or in the person you want Jesus to heal.  You will experience healing changes. Trust Jesus!

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