Gospel Reflection- Monday (21 February 2022) 7th Week of Ordinary Time – Only by prayer
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Mark (9: 14-29) in which the father of a boy (who is mute and experiences fits) asks Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief so that his son can be healed.
If you remember to back to last Saturday’s reflection, we had the reading of the Gospel of the Transfiguration. We saw Jesus transformed. We heard the voice from heaven declaring that Jesus was the Son and we should listen to him. This Gospel begins as Jesus and the disciples come down from the mountain and away from that experience.
Fr Paul says we see in this Gospel one of the most dramatic healings Jesus does – the healing of the epileptic boy. We are given an appreciation of the effect of what happens when the powerful, divine presence of Jesus is encountered. We see in this example, today, the infinite divine power that Jesus has. What is also noticeable, and is a comfort, is the struggling faith of the father. He believes, but only just, and he hopes that Jesus can help the little faith that he has.
Fr Paul says this little interchange between Jesus and the father of this boy is worthy of our reflections today…
‘If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us’. Jesus said, ‘If you can’? Everything is possible for anyone who has faith’. Immediately, the father of the boy cried out, ‘I do have faith, help the little faith I have.’
Fr Paul says we might pray today to ask the Lord to help the faith we have.