Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

February 24, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry 


Letter of Saint James 3:13-18

Psalm 19

Mark 9:14-29

The passage in Mark’s Gospel places a strong emphasis on what it means to be a disciple.  What, then, is here for us today as we struggle to live the faith into which we have been baptized?  What is there for all of us as we are continually called to discipleship?

Our Gospel scene today fits between the Transfiguration of Jesus and one of three announcements by Jesus that His ministry to the people will soon end with His death (and subsequent resurrection.)  With these three announcements the disciples totally misunderstand our Lord, and He takes these opportunities to teach them what it means to be His disciple.  He calls them to simple, prayerful and humble service.

Today we see the disciples spread their wings, as it were, and try to heal a young man who was possessed by a mute and deaf spirit.  They were unable to heal the boy and when Jesus comes onto the scene, the boy’s father asks Him to heal his son.  The father professes his faith by saying to our Lord, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”  That was the catalyst for Jesus to immediately cure the boy.

Why couldn’t the disciples cure the boy?  When they were alone with Jesus, He tells them that the only way to cure a difficult case like this one is through prayer. 

What then is the lesson for us today?  It’s exactly the same as for Jesus’ disciples.  We are called to simple, humble, and prayerful service of others.  Our service may not be as dramatic as today’s Gospel story.  Probably it is much simpler, yet equally wonderful as we are called to for others who need healing.  Our faith tells us it is God’s work done through prayerful and faith-filled service of others.  It’s called “discipleship.” 

Question of the Day:

Prayer:  Lord, give us all the courage to be your disciples through our faithful service of those in need in your Name. 



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