Archive for May 20, 2013

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 20, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is our prayer life like? Do we pray with the depths of our faith? Or do we pray with shallow intentions?

When we say Amen receiving the body of Christ, are we truly in communion with one another with Christ as our head? Do we realise that prayer said in communion with one another is the most powerful prayer? Whether we are interceding for one another or praying in union for the kingdom of God? What then is the ‘Prayer of the faithful’?

How would you like to have prayer members come together to pray for serious intentions and not have true faith? Who are skeptical that healing, liberation, deliverance can take place or that any other prayer intentions for that matter will be answered? How would you like to have these members sway the rest?

Jesus is our mediator, our saviour, our healer, our all in all. But because we are one body in Him we too can participate and be witness to His glory in whatever we pray for together as one. When we remain holy, prayerful and when we empty ourselves of all desires except the desire to serve Him and our brethren. There will always be an answer to our prayer for our greater good. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 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 skeptical , 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 and fasting.”