Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Preach the gospel at all times use words if necessary. - St. Francis of Asisi

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Gospel Reflections for Monday: May 19, Mark 9:14-29

Mk 9:14-29
As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples,they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. Immediately on seeing him,the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 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!” Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!” Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!”But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, “Why could we not drive the spirit out?” He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

My Reflections:
A boy was possessed by an evil spirit, his father asked the disciples for help but they were unable to drive it out. Then here’s Jesus who just came from the mountain. The father asked for help, he told Jesus: “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? Jesus was quite exasperated with his disciples because they were not able to drive out the evil spirit.

Jesus was also frustrated with the Father because he told him: “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!”

Jesus was frustrated with both the disciples and the father of the boy the main reason is their lack of faith! If only both of them had faith they could have easily drove out the spirit.

Are we not like the father and the disciples once in a while? We petition God to grant us our prayers then we easily get impatient when he doesn’t reply immediately.

Let us continue to bear in mind this words of Jesus: “ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”

2 comments:

  1. As someone with the grace & mercy of God who answered prayers from many since in a 2001 AD TBI where I sustained an epidural hematoma that lead to encephalomalacia (dead brain mass of 3%)I find that Jesus speaks the words of truth in the Mark 9:14-29 in his treatment of a boy with epilepsy who is surrounded by people who felt it was a demon. Yes I believe in Markan Priority Theory. He criticizes the disciples & the paniced masses for their doubt and missbelief about demons. He asks for faith from the father. He ends in this pericope with the some great words of instructions:This kind can only come out through prayer. I work with Bill Gaventa and Ginny Thornburgh to get Christian churches to open those architectural, spiritual & attitudinal door to people with disabilities. I & the late Nancy Eiseland see again in how people with disabilities are subject to castigation and manipulation. Victor Hugo was inadverdentally criticizing the RCC in how Quasimodo with his scoliosis was used as a slave tool to ring the bell at Norte Dame. He defied the normative sense of morality by freeing the gypsy girl who was to be killed.

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  2. Thank you John. God bless you.

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