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<< Monday, February 19, 2001 >>
 
Sirach 1:1-10
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Psalm 93 Mark 9:14-29
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"WILL HE FIND FAITH?" (Lk 18:8, our transl)

 
"What an unbelieving lot you are!" —Mark 9:19
 

Sometimes the Lord does things in our lives whether or not we have faith. Often, however, the Lord wants us to make a free decision to accept His grace. We express our freedom by faith. For example, Jesus told the father of a demon-possessed son: "Everything is possible to a man who has faith" (Mk 9:23, our transl). The father realized that Jesus was calling him to have faith. So he exclaimed: "I do believe! Help my lack of faith!" (Mk 9:24, our transl)

In that situation, Jesus called not only the father to faith but also Jesus' disciples and the large crowd with them. Jesus said: "What an unbelieving lot you are! How long must I remain with you? How long can I endure you?" (Mk 9:19) Jesus felt frustrated with those who did not have or exercise faith. Jesus promised: "I assure you, if you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible for you" (Mt 17:20). We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). "Without faith, it is impossible to please" God (Heb 11:6). But Jesus exclaimed: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" (Lk 18:8, our transl)

Let us cry out to God: "I do believe! Help my lack of faith!" (Mk 9:24, our transl)

 
Prayer: Father, increase my faith, even if I have to suffer.
Promise: "Fear of the Lord warms the heart, giving gladness and joy and length of days." —Sir 1:10
Praise: Marcia was deeply touched by the Pope's teaching that the Great Jubilee Year should be marked by the forgiveness of debts between nations. Although she is a retiree living on a fixed income, she responded to the Pope's Jubilee call by canceling a debt of six-hundred dollars that a friend owed to her.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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