FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Seventh Monday of Ordinary Time
February 24, 2020
WORD of the DAY
Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.” He said to them in reply, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.” They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around and foam at the mouth. Then he questioned his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” He replied, “Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9: 17-24)
How shall I live this Word?
It is a passage that also concerns us Christians of an era marked unfortunately by a lot of disbelief on the part of people who do not cultivate their faith.
To believe is to entrust a divine seed to the soil of the heart.
The seed comes from the omnipotence of God’s love; the earth is our heart invited to trust in the almighty, to receive strength and grace from Him.
The word of Jesus is for us a source of great trust in Him. We are also invited to respond: I believe, help my unbelief.
Yes, even in us sometimes doubts can arise. It is important not to be surprised, not to be annoyed with yourself, but to affirm, like the grieved father: I believe, help my unbelief. The latter expresses a still weak faith but also a sense of that virtue which is called humility; it is so close to the truth.
Lord, this is also my invocation because I believe with my mind and heart, (I want to believe) that You also help me in moments of glacial unbelief. I believe, Lord; give me the grace of a strong and constant faith.
The voice of Pope Francis
The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live in union with the love of Christ to live it like Him.
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