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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 11, 2017

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FRIDAY, August 11

Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

I’m somewhere in there—somewhere in that crowd that Jesus finds arguing. I am trying to help, but I end up confused. Most of the time, I am nameless in the crowd. Occasionally, I am a father in desperate need. My roles shift steadily, but Jesus’ role remains the same.

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.

PRAY for the Diocese of Recife (Brazil)

Today the Church remembers Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253.

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | 2 Samuel 12:1-14 | Acts 19:21-41 | Mark 9:14-29



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