O Jesus, set me free from the Evil One.
Picture the boy’s father pleading with Jesus.
The disciples are regressing. Formerly, they had great success in driving out demons. Now, they are total failures. Jesus gets exasperated at their lack of faith. The father is different. He knows his faith is weak and says, “Help my unbelief.” That is enough for Jesus to act.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The lengthy details show how real and powerful is the demonic world.
- Jesus is puzzled. People do not fully believe in his powers.
- Slowly, Jesus brings the father to faith, “Help my unbelief.”
- Finally, Jesus drives out the demon. Although seemingly dead, the boy is really free.
- This story symbolizes our own resurrection. Jesus will take our hand and we will rise.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, how slow I am to believe.
- Cast out my restlessness, my fears and my uncontrolled passions.
- Cast them out, Jesus. Rebuke them and make them leave.
- Jesus, You can remove problems even if they are deeply buried.
- Take my hand! Lift me up!
- Even if I am dead in my sins, I will come to you. You will still say “Arise, and show yourself to the priest.”
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will trust in Jesus’ power over the demonic.
+ I will go to Confession, believing that all darkness and sin will be removed.
+ I will stay away from the occult and from Eastern religions.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
Everything is possible for him who believes.