“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.”

Today, Jesus encounters a father whose son is possessed (Mt 17:14-20).  The demon harms the boy severely and the dad is desperate.  The disciples could not take care of the matter when asked so the man comes to Jesus.  Jesus is annoyed with the “faithless and perverse” people.  He then immediately calls for the boy and drives the demon out instantly  When the disciples ask why they couldn’t exorcise the young man, Jesus says that is because of their lack of faith.  He closes with the line at top, telling them that with faith nothing is impossible.  Faith is such an important, nay indispensable, gift (and it is a completely freely given gift at that) (cf. Eph 2:8).  We must ever look to grow in our faith through prayer and through acceptance of God’s will in our lives.  As we seek to honor that will and conform ourselves ever closer to it, we will find times when we simply have to give all of ourselves: our feelings, our emotions, our pain, our suffering, our sadness, our doubts, to the Lord in faith, trusting that all that happens is for our greater good.  It is the times that our faith is tested that it is exercised, making us ever more spiritually fit.  Then even what seem to be mountain-sized obstacles will not be too much to overcome.  And our example of total faith and trust will be on display for others’ edification so that they too can move mountains (or become the mountains we will move).

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