Saturday of the 18th Week of the Year

Matt 17:14-20

The Healing of a Boy with a Demon


There are times when we feel like we don’t have anything to improve anymore on our relationship with God. The attitude of many of us is that “I have taken all the sacraments so I don’t have much more to do as to seek more closeness with the Lord.” Instead we wait for certain rewards from the Lord. In other words we think we have the right to get “for free” the grace from the Lord. Yet our life and relationship with the Lord can be compared with a garden that someone has planted. If he/she doesn’t water it and take care of it, he/she cannot expect good production.

The apostles received from Jesus the power to drive out evil spirits and to cure. But they were not aware of their lack of faith and how far they were from Jesus. They forgot to sustain their faith through prayers.

It is very much the same with our Christian life. Sometimes we think we are great believers while we are very far from the Lord. Today’s gospel is a reminder that we should focus on prayer in order to sustain our faith. Indeed, Jesus continues to suffer today because opf our lack of faith. We believe in Christ, but yet our faith work. And if real prayers accompany our faith we could accomplish more wonderful things other that the material. We could more mountains of pride, mountains of selfishness, mountains of jealousy… we could transform people’s life and help them build a better relationship with God. (Fr. Willibrord Kamion, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


There are a lot of miracles happening in our lives. Some are extraordinary. Others are simply ordinary. Jesus in the gospel is telling us that God performs miracles every moment of our lives. And miracles happen only if we have faith and compassion.

Faith is to know one’s helplessness and to trust in the power of God acting through Jesus. It is only when we acknowledge our own helplessness that we become open to God’s life-giving and healing love and allow the power of God’s love to work within us. Indeed, if we have faith, miracles will happen.

What really moved him to heal the epileptic boy? It was his compassionate love compassion means ‘to suffer with others.’ It is the capacity to be attracted and be moved by the fragility, weakness and suffering of another. Jesus is not only moved by our physical sufferings but also by our suffering within; thirst for peace, hunger for love and acceptance and yearning for a meaningful life! Indeed, if we have compassion, miracles will happen. (Frt. Jonathan A. Letada, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


v. 20: “Because of your little faith.” At times we work hard through prayer or service to deepen our faith. Today, let’s focus not on our faith in God but on the God of our faith. ACT now: Accept Jesus as your personal savior; Commit your whole being to Him; Trust Him who trusts you (Fr. Ching OP).


August 11, 2012

St. Clare, virgin

Hab 1:12—2:4
Ps 9
Mt 17:14-20

The Healing of a Boy with a Demon

14When [Jesus and his disciples] came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, 15and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17Jesus said in reply, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me.” 18Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. 19Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to 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. Nothing will be impossible for you.”


If you have faith. To have faith is to trust in God, to believe in God’s word and power. With faith in God, we can do something extraordinary, even perform wonderful miracles. Since God can do everything, the quality of our faith will be proved by the marvels and mighty deeds done in God’s name. It is actually God who performs miracles through his faithful instruments. It is through faith that God empowers us.

To be a disciple does not mean that one already has faith. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples that they have not been able to expel the demon possessing the boy because of their little faith.

Faith is nurtured by constant prayer. Prayer is opening our hearts and minds to God. It is attuning our will to God’s will. In prayer we allow God to reign in us. Thus we let God work in us and through us. Faith and prayer thus go together.

How strong is your faith?
Have you witnessed miracles in your life because of your faith? 
How do you cultivate a constant prayer life?


Friday, August 5, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 18TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MARCOS 9:2-10. UNSA MAY HAGIT NING KAPISTAHAN SA MAHIMAYAONG PAGKAUSAB SA PANAGWAY SA GINOO? Sayran nato nga kining misteryo sa kinabuhi ni Hesus nahitabo samtang siya nagpadulong sa Jerusalem aron pagtuman sa panagna sa mga propeta pinaagi sa iyang kamatayon sa krus. Gidala ni Hesus si Pedro, Santiago ug Juan sa taas nga bukid aron ipadayag kanila og una ang himaya ug aron sila mahatagan og kaisog sa pag-atubang sa mga kasakit didto sa Jerusalem. Ang hagit sa mga apostoles, ug kanatong tanan karon, mao ang pagpaminaw ug pagsunod kang Kristo pinaagi sa pagsakripisyo sa kaugalingon alang sa kaayohan sa uban, agi’g pagsunod sa kabubut-on sa Dios Amahan. Si Pope Francis nag-ingon: “The way of Jesus always leads us to happiness. There will always be a cross in the middle, but at the end he leads us to happiness.” Posted by Abet Uy


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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One Response to Saturday of the 18th Week of the Year

  1. Fr. Ray Victor T. Pascual, LRMS says:

    daghan kaayong salamat padre sa imong pagcompile niining mga homilies dako kaayo nga tabang nako sa paghimo sa akong homily…may the God Lord bless you in your blog to help fellow priests who oftentimes ran out of ideas in making their homilies..

    Fr. Ray Pascual, LRMS
    Lorenzo Mission Institute
    Guadalupe, Makati City, MM

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