Feast of St. Peter Damian

James 3:13-18 | Ps. 19:8-10, 15 | Mark 9:14-29

There are many lessons in today’s readings.  Jesus is approached to heal a boy whom his disciples could not heal.  Jesus seems upset as seen by his words: “You faithless people, how much longer must I be among you?”  When the father of the boy asks Jesus to heal the boy if he can, Jesus replies “all things are possible for those who believe.” The father replies, “I believe, help my unbelief.”  What Jesus seems to be telling us is that one of the conditions for healing is a belief that God can do what we ask.  The father of the boy teaches us that we believe and yet do not believe.  His statement expresses both of these aspects.  Jesus then heals the boy.

The first reading seems to tell us what the wisdom of the father is all about.  It is being aware that we do not receive this gift from selfishness or ambition.  Rather it is given as a gift.  Some of the signs that show the presence of wisdom are a gentle spirit, mercy, peacefulness and a willingness to yield.  Isn’t this what the father of the boy in the Gospel did?  He yielded his unbelief to Jesus.

Do you present your needs for healing to Jesus?  Why or why not?  What is the quality of your belief in God?  With what attitude do you approach God?  Is it with an attitude of arrogance and selfish ambition or is it with an attitude of peacefulness, willingness to yield, and gentleness?  What do you need to change?

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