Sunday, February 19, 2017
MONDAY, 7th Week in Ordinary Time
February 20, 2017 – MONDAY, 7th Week in Ordinary Time
Sir 1:1 - 10 / Mk 9:14- 29
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 9: 16b- 29
A man answered Jesus from the crowd, "Master, I brought my son to you for he has a dumb spirit. Whenever the spirit seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes stiff all over. I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not."
Jesus replied, "You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him.
As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it shook and convulsed the boy who fell into the ground and began rolling about, foaming at the mouth. Then Jesus asked the father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He replied, "From childhood. And it has often thrown him into the fire and into the water to destroy him. If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, "Why do you say, 'If you can?' All things are possible for one who believes." Immediately the father of the boy cried out, "I do believe, but help the little faith I have."
Jesus saw that the crowd was increasing rapidly, so he ordered the evil spirit, "Dumb and evil spirit, I command you. Leave the boy and never enter him again." The evil spirit shook and convulsed the boy and with a terrible shriek came out. The boy lay like a corpse and people said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by his hand and lifted him and the boy stood up.
And after Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?" And he answered, "Only prayer can drive out this kind, nothing else."
Why do we have sickness and demonic possessions in the world? Because Satan is at work in the world. Even if Jesus has triumphed over sin and death through his own passion, death and resurrection, we still have to contend with evil and evil spirits in the world. Every day and everywhere there are evil and evil men in the world.
How do we combat evil? Jesus tells us that we combat evil by prayer, fasting and good works and with the grace of God. We pray to God when things are all right; much more so we should pray to him when things go badly. And because we cannot really escape from temptations and evil men and situations, we must look to God and others for help and guidance.
Jesus himself, in his temptations in the desert before his public preaching, taught us that there is evil in the world and that we can conquer evil. We should be sober and alert and fight evil with the weapons of light, truth, integrity and faith. Indeed the devil exists; so does God and his grace to help us combat evil.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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