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August 12, 2017

Mt 17: 14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith to move mountains

There is a common saying that a person “has faith that can move mountains.”  Despite what Jesus says in today’s Gospel, there are countless people of great faith who have never physically moved a mountain.  Perhaps that is because the movement that occurs is not a geographic relocation, but rather a change of perspective within ourselves.  

How many times have we prayed for a specific outcome only to have it not happen?  This does not mean that God didn’t hear us, or that we didn’t have enough faith.  Rather, our faith can make us open to an answer to prayer that looks different than what we wanted.  Jesus does not promise that having faith will enable us to perform magic tricks–indeed, a faith based only on specific outcomes is not true faith.  Instead, Jesus invites us to have faith in him, promising that even the smallest bit of true faith will have a great impact on our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Loving God, you told us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains.  Deepen our faith so that we can place all of our trust in you, confident that you provide what we need.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 





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August 12, 2017

Mt 17: 14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Faith to move mountains

There is a common saying that a person “has faith that can move mountains.”  Despite what Jesus says in today’s Gospel, there are countless people of great faith who have never physically moved a mountain.  Perhaps that is because the movement that occurs is not a geographic relocation, but rather a change of perspective within ourselves.  

How many times have we prayed for a specific outcome only to have it not happen?  This does not mean that God didn’t hear us, or that we didn’t have enough faith.  Rather, our faith can make us open to an answer to prayer that looks different than what we wanted.  Jesus does not promise that having faith will enable us to perform magic tricks–indeed, a faith based only on specific outcomes is not true faith.  Instead, Jesus invites us to have faith in him, promising that even the smallest bit of true faith will have a great impact on our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Loving God, you told us that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains.  Deepen our faith so that we can place all of our trust in you, confident that you provide what we need.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 





Please share the Good Word with your friends!