I’ve wondered about Jesus expressing frustration more often with those around him. Today’s reading does not identify the father. It does share his desire to see his son healed. This parent was willing to entrust the job to Jesus’ disciples, who had already been sent out earlier (Luke 9:1-6) and did healings as well as preaching the kingdom’s coming. The father’s hopes were not satisfied. His son’s healing needed our Lord’s personal attention.
This event follows Christ’s transfiguration. Peter, James and John, witnesses to this amazing scene, should have been equipped with the divine mystery they participated in. Yet they faltered in the trenches when a miracle was requested. They still didn’t understand.
We live today in a doubt-filled world. We might go through worship out of habit instead of expecting God’s presence to affect us and inspire us in faith-living and -sharing. We squander life’s opportunities to imitate Christ. We fear death and refuse the wonder of new life in Jesus.
We need to ask God to remove the demons of doubt and fear preventing us from being all that God created us to be. We can trust that Jesus will answer our request when worldly distractions will not.
Lord Jesus, heal my doubt and fear. Amen. — SO