Daily Homily 2014-08-09

Prayer Works

Sometimes we might be tempted to think that prayer doesn't work. Or, maybe it's just my prayer that doesn't work. But we know that this is impossible. As the Lord says to us, any man who calls on the name of the Lord will not be put to shame. And we also know that the Lord is not a respecter of persons. He will listen to us whether we are rich or poor, young or old famous or unknown and powerful or weak. In this gospel Jesus tells the disciples that the problem is their lack of faith. They need greater faith. We know that their faith does increase because later on in the New Testament we see the Apostles performing incredible and wonderful signs and miracles. How does their faith increase? Jesus tells us that it is through prayer and fasting. But it really comes down to one thing. Spend more time with God, spend more time with Jesus. This is what Mary the Mother of God did, this is what all the saints did and this is what you are called to do. Pray! Pray! Pray!

 

Matthew 17:14-20

14 And when he was come to the multitude, there came to him a man falling down on his knees before him, saying: Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic, and suffereth much: for he falleth often into the fire, and often into the water.

15 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

16 Then Jesus answered and said: O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

17 And Jesus rebuked him, and the devil went out of him, and the child was cured from that hour.

18 Then came the disciples to Jesus secretly, and said: Why could not we cast him out?

19 Jesus said to them: Because of your unbelief. For, amen I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove from hence hither, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

20 But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.

 

 

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Heinrich Hofmann, 1890

Heinrich Hofmann, 1890