It looks as though the community around St. Matthew needed to hear Jesus’ scolding the disciples for their lack of faith. We as well, need to be reminded of the need for faith, prayer and fasting, as we pray for others that they may be healed.
The first condition, is that we have faith, which is a gift. Prayer and fasting are two practices that show God how we are cooperating with God so that our faith becomes real in our daily lives. Prayer and fasting free up the healing power of God to work through us.
While there is mystery about how some people are healed and some are not, be sure there are positive check marks on the list of these three spiritual responses in your life.
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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
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Wow! Thanks for this. I’ve just finished studying Marks version of this similar story, it happens just after the transfiguration! Faith and prayer are so important. “I do believe, please help me with my unbelief!”