God works miracles in our lives, provided we pray with trusting Faith.

Posted in homily by frtonys on February 21, 2022

After their vision on the mountain-top, today’s Gospel brings the chosen apostles back down to earth, to a world of illness and distress. A distraught father describes all the heartache he has gone through, seeking a cure for his troubled son.

Jesus heals the epileptic but Jesus demands a strong Faith from the boy’s father as a condition for healing. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Then Jesus commanded the evil spirit, using His Divine authority: “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” As the evil spirit left the boy, he was healed of his epilepsy.

How readily we can identify with the man’s anguished cry, ‘I do have faith. Help the little faith I have.’ The very fact of his coming to Jesus was itself a sign of faith, but he felt his faith was weak. There was nagging doubt mixed with his trust. That’s just how many of us feel from time to time. Our faith is dented when some great trouble comes our way. It’s hard to reconcile our faith with what’s happening to us. Faith can be severely tested when we struggle with the darker side of life.

God works miracles in our lives, provided we pray with trusting Faith. Jesus offers us freedom from bondage to sin, evil habits and addictions. Let us make full use of the protection and help God offers to those who seek Him with Faith in His power and trust in His mercy.

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