Reflection on Matthew 17:14-20
Three decades ago for a short time with my job, I flew first class, purchased whatever I wanted and believed I could do anything I desired. I had not realized that I was lost. The faith to move my mountain started with love by those close to me. With their prayers, Jesus rebuked the wrong inside me. The impossible through Christ is very real to me because my own faith in Him has moved mountains. Being far from perfect, we are the first mountain that needs moving.
Jesus Discourses with His Disciples, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cures a Boy with a Demon
14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, 23 and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they were greatly distressed.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 17:14-20.