Gospel of Mark 9:14-29 Reflection:
Today we return to Ordinary Time and we begin again at Mark chapter 9.
In this reading we see one of the few times when Jesus expresses real frustration. The disciples have been asked to drive an evil spirit out of a young man and have been unable to do so. The lad's father complains to Jesus that his disciples were powerless against the spirit. Jesus says:
'You faithless generation, how much longer must I put up with you.'
You can imagine poor old Peter standing shamefaced in front of the Lord, like a schoolboy caught smoking.
Then the father of the son gives all of us the real sign of faith; when Jesus says 'all is possible for the person who has faith'; the father of the son with the evil spirit replies, "Lord I believe, help my unbelief."
In a story like this we see ourselves; struggling with the world and trying to operate on the little faith we have and always needing help from the Lord.
The story hasn't changed much in 2000 years, but we keep on trying day after day.
It is in the trying that God loves!