THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
HELP MY UNBELIEF
Today’s gospel: Mark 9:14-29
Faith works wonders. Do we doubt Jesus who said that those
who believe in him will do even greater works than he did,
or that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains?
Do we not realize that if we do works in faith, it is God
working in and through us as His instruments? Do we question
the awesome power of God, for whom nothing is impossible?
Instead of stepping forth boldly as we have already been commissioned
and equipped, do we keep hesitating and asking Jesus, “if
you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”
can hear Jesus sighing and saying with indignation, “If
you can!” (Mk 9:23a). “O faithless generation,
how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you?”
(Mk 9:19a). Then he reiterates his constant teaching, “Everything
is possible to one who has faith.” (Mk 9:23b).
we can be pardoned for doubting every now and then. Indeed,
we fail often enough. We call on the name of Jesus but do
not see happen what we ask. We go forth into battle only to
return bruised and battered. We are supposed to be one united
force but we see many divisive elements among our ranks. We
see the forces of darkness continue to overwhelm the world.
On the other hand, we know that Jesus is risen, that he already
conquered the enemy, that he will return as victorious King.
We have experienced his grace, strength and power. We have
overcome many obstacles. So we BE.LI.EV.E.
But even as we believe, we know that such faith needs to deepen,
that that mustard seed needs to grow into a large tree. Thus
then is our constant prayer, “I do believe, help my
unbelief!” (Mk 9:24b).
notice. The disciples asked Jesus in private why they could
not drive the mute spirit out (Mk 9:28). Jesus answered, “This
kind can only come out through prayer.” (Mk 9:29). Now
the disciples were just doing what Jesus had taught them and
told them to do, to drive out demons. But this time “they
were unable to do so.” (Mk 9:18c). Perhaps they were
going on their own steam. Perhaps they were relying on their
past successes. Perhaps their past successes had gone to their
heads. They tried to do the works of Jesus, but were no longer
consciously reliant on God’s power.
then brings them back to basics. To do the works of Jesus
requires prayer, that is, a constant communication and intimate
relationship with him. To pray is to meet and to know Christ.
To pray is a necessity if we are to live Christ. Now to share
Christ and to do the work of evangelization, including confronting
the enemy, requires prayer as well. If we live in Christ and
Christ lives in us, then we can ask for anything in Jesus’
name and it will be granted. We will experience the faith
that really works wonders.
let us confidently act in Jesus’ name, as we live his
life in us. Jesus relies on us to continue his work of assaulting
the dominion of the enemy in the world. We can no longer throw
the problem to him and wait to hear him say, “Bring
him to me.” (Mk 9:19b). It is now our work. When he
returns, Jesus will only have what we have worked to secure