Scripture: 1st Reading: Deut6,4-13; Resp. Psalm: Ps18,2-4,47,51; Gosp. Accl.: 2Tim1,10; Gospel: Mt17,14-20
A good teacher is eager to bequeath his legacies to his pupils. A good Master of the spiritual life imparts something of himself to his disciples so that they could carry on his message when he is no more. Our Lord was not just a good teacher. He was the perfect teacher who taught not just by precepts but by the example of his own life.
Having been with Him for some time, Our Lord had expectations of His Apostles. The Apostles failed woefully in the story of the epileptic who was brought by his mother to them for healing and they could not do anything.
We could sense the exasperation and frustration in the tone of our Lord's voice today. Here was Immanuel, God with us, and yet they could not transcend their limitedness to arrive at that level where they could do the works their Master did.
Our Lord called them faithless. He called the generation to which His disciples belonged perverse. He wondered how long He was going to be with them and how long He was going to bear with them. When they asked Him why they could not do it, He retorted: "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you"
Faith is built on love. We cannot have faith if we do not love God above all things. Moses told Israel that the love of Yahweh was the first and fundamental preoccupation of their existence. The second preoccupation was to pay attention to the word and teach them to their children, talk of them in every circumstance of their lives. Thirdly, Israel was never to forget Yahweh in the midst of their prosperity. Finally, Israel was under obligation to fear Yahweh, serve Him and honour His name.
If the disciples of our Lord had remembered and lived out these practical precepts, they would have been able to heal the paralytic. If they had put these precepts into practice, they would have known that the presence of the Son of God was the "game changer" they needed.
With faith in God, nothing is impossible. With deep trust in His abiding presence, all will always be well with us. As we end this week, let us ask our Lord to increase our faith. He told us that if our faith is as little as a mustard seed, we could do marvels. So what He needs is deep trust from us. It is His duty to do the rest. Let us hand that over to Him.
Let us pray: Lord, you rebuked your disciples for their little faith and their generation for faithlessness. We meet situations in our lives that put our faith to the test. Be with us in those moments. Increase our faith. Give us the grace to trust fully in you. Never abandon us to our own designs. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Happy Weekend.