21 Feb Mark 9:23 (Prayer + Faith = Power)
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! Everything is possible to one who has faith.'” Mark 9:23 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus appears upset after the father of a demon-possessed boy pleads with Him, “But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus responds, “If you can! Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Christ’s displeasure in the absence of faith may be more attributable to the disciples’ failure to effect a cure than with the possessed boy’s father. In response, Jesus reveals the disciples’ lack of faith in God (Mark 9:19) and their lack of prayer (Mark 9:29). As disciples of Christ, we have the responsibility to be examples of faith and prayer to others. In being witnesses to the power of faith and prayer, we lead others to Christ. Lord, I do believe; help my unbelief. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Scripture constantly reveals the power of faith and its connection to healing. Pray to God to increase your faith.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, running, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Peter Damian
Faith Quote: “Prayer is asking for rain; faith is taking an umbrella.” – unknown
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.