20 Feb 2017: Faith and Prayer


Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Sir. 1: 1-10 Ps. 93: 1-5; Gospel: Mk. 9: 14-29

Faith and prayer both are invisible, but they make impossible things possible. Prayer is absolutely dependent upon faith. It has no existence apart from it, and can accomplish nothing without faith. Faith makes prayer effectual. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”(Heb 11:6)The gospel of today very beautifully narrates to us, how if we lack faith can never perform and accomplish anything in our life. It also explains to us the ‘handicapedness’ of the disciple in the absence of Jesus. The narration begins with the failure of disciple and then immediately it follows the response of a father in faith which results in miracle. Through this we see the good Master (Jesus) teaching His disciples an important lesson on faith as He Himself has said truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. (Mt. 21:21-22) Jesus then tells his disciple that if they are going to do what He has asked them to do, they have to pray.  He shows them that their failure to pray is failure to exercise faith because prayer is the action brought about by faith. Thus today’s gospel gives us a beautiful message that without Jesus on our sides us we are nothing and also it exhorts us to pray for if we fail to pray , we will fail.

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