August 12, 2017
Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)
Faith can indeed move mountains. Imagine what faith can do! In the Gospel narrative, the seemingly impossible situation of the boy was the “mountain” that the disciples failed to move. It was because of the little faith of the disciples that they were not able to heal the boy possessed by the demon.
Faith in the Filipino language is called “Pananampalataya”, which has “taya” as its root word. This may mean that one can place his whole life on the line for what he believes in. I can say that I can stand firm in following Jesus and that I continue my vocation journey despite the circumstances that I experience.
There were times when the concerns I faced were as big as the mountains but my faith makes me strong and trusting. I needed to place my whole life on the line and surrender to His will. Looking back now, I was able to climb and move those “mountains” because God has always been at my side. All that God asks of me is to have a little faith the size of a mustard seed and that is enough to get me through. Faith watered with prayer, availment of Sacraments especially the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation surely help me sustain my trust in Him at all times and thus be able to get through hindrances as high as mountains.
But I can be faithful only because God is faithful. It is He who has always been faithful and this was what the disciples forgot. As Christians, we have to remember that Christ has given us His all; He has offered His life for us. Is there anything more that He cannot do? If we place our entire life of faith in Him, there are boundless possibilities that we can do for the Lord and the Church.