Sunday, March 02, 2014

Prayer and Fasting~Lent 1

The Holy Gospel teaches us that the disciples of Jesus were powerless to resolve the mental affliction of a young boy. It must have been frightening and exhausting for the both the child and his father. Jesus illustrates the role of faith, trust and surrender to His Will, when facing any seemingly insurmountable crisis. It takes faith to turn away from earthly distractions and ineffective solutions to problems. Daily tasks and concerns absorb precious minutes and hours with the greatest urgency. Spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and actively seeking spiritual nourishment requires faith that Our Blessed Lord is in control of every outcome. His Will for our lives is perfect and holy. Prayer and fasting help us to recognize and obey God's will for us.
~Jesus spoke to the father of the child~
 "And Jesus saith unto him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:22
~The disciples asked Jesus why they were unable 
to cast the demon spirit form the child~
  "And He said to them: This kind can go out 
by nothing but by prayer and fasting." Mark 9:28
From the Gospel of Mark Chapter 9 
Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible

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