Get our FREE Ignatius App.
Apple  Android 

August 11, 2018

St. Clare

Mt 17:14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Overcoming fear and self-doubt

Stories of the disciples, the ones who knew Jesus so intimately and ministered alongside him, not getting it are rather comforting to me.  It’s nice to know that I’m not alone when I don’t measure up to where I would like to be in my faith life! The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles, why did they have “little faith?”

The disciples were likely afflicted with the same things you and I are: fear and self-doubt.  Watching Jesus heal someone and believing that they were capable of it themselves are two different things.  Talking about something and actually following through are different things. In many areas of my life, second-guessing what I am capable of is a full time hobby.

What is something in your life that you need to hand over to Christ and trust that he will accompany you through?  How can you begin to have faith the size of a mustard seed?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

What you hold may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.

—St. Clare of Assisi

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Welcome to Pray.ignatius.org

Ignatian spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life, and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, created the Spiritual Exercises to deepen our relationship with Christ and to move our contemplation into service. May this prayer site anchor your day and strengthen your resolve to remember what truly matters.

(more about this site)


Visit our Social Media


Submit a Prayer Request

Archive

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1
23242526272829
30      
    123
25262728   
       
   1234
262728    
       
       
       
    123
45678910
       
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
       
      1
       
     12
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
       

August 11, 2018

St. Clare

Mt 17:14-20

When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Overcoming fear and self-doubt

Stories of the disciples, the ones who knew Jesus so intimately and ministered alongside him, not getting it are rather comforting to me.  It’s nice to know that I’m not alone when I don’t measure up to where I would like to be in my faith life! The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles, why did they have “little faith?”

The disciples were likely afflicted with the same things you and I are: fear and self-doubt.  Watching Jesus heal someone and believing that they were capable of it themselves are two different things.  Talking about something and actually following through are different things. In many areas of my life, second-guessing what I am capable of is a full time hobby.

What is something in your life that you need to hand over to Christ and trust that he will accompany you through?  How can you begin to have faith the size of a mustard seed?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

What you hold may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet,
so that even your steps stir up no dust,
Go forward, the spirit of our God has called you.

—St. Clare of Assisi

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!