7th of August

Publié le 6 Août 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 17,14-20): 

 

A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, «Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state. He has often fallen into the fire and at other times into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him». Jesus replied, «You, faithless and evil people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me». And Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy was immediately healed.

The disciples then gathered around Jesus and asked him privately, «Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?». Jesus said to them, «Because you have little faith. I say to you: if only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible to you».

 

The Application

 

Is our faith so strong that we dare to say to the mountain 'get from here to there'? We must recognise that our faith is very often a convenience rather than a conviction. Since we have not built a personal relationship with Christ, our knowledge of the truth, as He died and rose again, suits us to celebrate the services the church offers, without understanding the meaning and the implication of the cult (liturgy) offered to God and to identify with so many people who call themselves believers. This is why, when faced with a personal failure in life, with illness or with a personal or relational breakdown, we get upset and refuse the faith that we have received from the Lord.

 

 

 

The faith we have, even if it is a gift from God, if we do not welcome it, as it should be, if we do not use it at the difficult moment of life, as a grace received freely, the grace received through this faith will be considered, like that servant who hid the talent that his Master gave him.

 

 

 

Whatever it is, everything changes in love, love for the Lord, which is best expressed in love for our neighbours. If this love itself becomes a golden rule in our daily lives, we will be able to accept even our enemies as our collaborators, and be able to work with them easily, for a good cause. In these actions, of our humanity, the gestures that are purely human, will be transformed as divine acts. These are the real mountains before us, which will be moved and as the Lord tells us, nothing will be impossible for us.

 

Action of the day: Just believe in God.

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

 

Faith as a grain of mustard seed,

by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)

 

 

"The mountains here spoken of, in my opinion, are the hostile powers that have their being in a flood of great wickedness, such as are settled down, so to speak, in some souls of various people. But when someone has total faith, such that he no longer disbelieves in anything found in holy Scripture and has faith like that of Abraham, who so believed in God to such a degree that his faith was reckoned to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6), then he has all faith like a grain of mustard seed. Then such a man will say to this mountain - I mean in this case the deaf and dumb spirit in him who is said to be epileptic - 'Move from here to another place.' It will move. This means it will move from the suffering person to the abyss. The apostle, taking this as his starting point, said with apostolic authority, 'If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains' (1 Corinthians 13:2). For he who has all faith - which is like a grain of mustard seed - moves not just one mountain but also more just like it. And nothing will be impossible for the person who has so much faith. Let us examine also this statement: 'This kind is not cast out except through prayer and fasting' (Mark 9:29). If at any time it is necessary that we should be engaged in the healing of one suffering from such a disorder, we are not to adjure nor put questions nor speak to the impure spirit as if it heard. But [by] devoting ourselves to prayer and fasting, we may be successful as we pray for the sufferer, and by our own fasting we may thrust out the unclean spirit from him." (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON MATTHEW 13.7.19)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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