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Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
It’s a shame how much we argue—and what we argue about—when there are people in need of healing in our midst. We get lost in denominations, histories, hermeneutics, and minutiae that rightly should embarrass us. Meanwhile, God’s children are still hurting, hungry, and waiting for a word of encouragement.
The father’s reaction to Jesus was a helpful prayer for me in my younger days. I imagine these words will come back to comfort me when I struggle with doubts in the future. Prayer—and especially this prayer—has the uncanny ability to quiet peripheral noise and help me feel like I am talking with Jesus, just the two of us. Maybe that is the efficacy of prayer to which Jesus refers in the final verse of our reading from Mark. We have to tune the crowd out and focus on Jesus.
MOVING FORWARD: Share a doubt you may have with a close friend or relative. Allow them to share their doubt with you. Pray together.
Today the Church remembers Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253.