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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 7th Week of the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 25, 2019

Monday of the 7th Week of the Ordinary Time

 

Sir 1:1-10

Ps 92:1-2, 5

Gospel 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.”

 

 SELF-RELIANT INSTEAD OF GOD-RELIANT

 

The day after my ordination and first mass in the parish church I was at my home and then my catechism teacher came to see me. After congratulating me and giving his best wishes he knelt before me and said, “Father, bless me.” I was very much perplexed, how can I bless my teacher. I looked around and making sure that no one is watching I blessed him very fast. I doubted whether it was proper. But when I looked at him he didn’t have any doubt that he is receiving the blessings from God. Thus he taught me one more lesson.


In today’s Gospel passage we see that the disciples could not drive out the demon from the boy brought to them. Jesus assures the father of the boy, “Everything is possible for one who believes” and he casts out the demon. Then the disciples ask him, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” They had actually driven out many evil spirits. Was this demon stronger than others? It could be. That’s why Jesus was saying, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” But the main problem was with the disciples. He laments, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you.” Jesus doesn't get frustrated with the demon. He actually had no problem with the demon. The problem, Jesus says, is not that the demon is too big. It's that the faith of the disciples is too small. The problem isn't the demon; the problem is the disciples. They were trying to handle things on their own.


The father of the boy gives us a good, positive idea. He says, “I am a person of imperfect faith. Help me overcome my unbelief.” He is saying, "Help me just as I am a doubter." He does not plead based on how faithful he is. He realizes that he has nothing to make himself worthy. He doesn't say, "Please heal my boy based on how much faith I have!" Instead, he pleads for mercy and throws himself at Jesus' feet. True faith is always aware of how inadequate it is.


Henri Nouwen wrote: “We have fallen into the temptation of separating ministry from spirituality, service from prayer. Our demons say: ‘We are too busy to pray, we have too many needs to attend to, too many people to respond to, too many wounds to heal.’ Prayer is a luxury, something to do during a free hour, a day away from work or on a retreat.”


Dr James ML CMI


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