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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Thoughts on Monday's Gospel

MK 9:14-29

In today's Gospel, the disciples come down from the wondrous vision of the Transfiguration to find that they are unable to perform miraculous signs. Jesus in frustration says, O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?"

In the same way, we have celebrated the great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit and we need to remember that our own relationship with Jesus continues - the sending of the Spirit is not the end just as the disciples' witness of Jesus in his glory did not mean that they no longer needed to cling to him. The Gospel reminds us that along with the gift of the Spirit, we need to continue to strengthen our faith and to persevere in prayer if we wish to overcome the evil spirits that continue to infect our world.

Everything is possible for the one who has faith, though this can be difficult. As the scripture states, "I believe, help my unbelief!"

This why prayer and the gift of the Spirit is so necessary. One to seek faith and the other to give it. In coming down from the mountain, from the spiritual uplifting that is Easter and Pentacost, we may struggle to cling to our faith. In our struggles, the Spirit will always be there as comforter and strengthener if we but call upon him.


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