Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 9, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of August 9, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. we hope you will be blessed.
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Mustard seed faith
"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.'" \
I have known people who have actually lost their
faith in God through these verses. They too,
have knelt in prayer while asking Jesus for
mercy and healing. They have diligently
prepared themselves to receive a miracle. They
have worked to have the faith of a mustard seed.
They think, if they believe enough, God will heal
them, for nothing is impossible for the faith-
filled. Then upon awakening in the morning,
they are still sick and unhealed. They become
bitter at God and disillusioned with the promises
So what is this all about? What did it mean at
the time of this miracle and what does this story
mean for us today? How do we understand and apply
something of value to our daily lives?
We often overlook what has just happened. James,
John, and Peter just had a mountaintop experience
with Jesus. Jesus had specifically chosen these
three over the others. We do not know why only
three were chosen and the others left behind with
the impatient crowd.
The disciples who were left behind were doing the
best they could while Jesus was gone. They tried
to share what Jesus had given them to the crowd.
The desperate father wanted his child healed.
Perhaps he did not have faith that the disciples
could heal without Jesus being present. Perhaps
the disgruntled disciples who had been left behind
did not have faith either. The crowd wanted Jesus,
not the disciples. Jesus was the famed and trusted
miracle worker from God.
After Jesus heals the child with a word, the
disciples approach Jesus privately and demand
answers for their lack of power. And Jesus tells
them the truth. Their faith was too small. Their
faith was smaller than even a mustard seed, the
smallest known seed. Without Jesus, they could
do nothing. With deeper faith, they could move
I believe in miracles. Yet I do not have a gift
for healing epileptic children. Is my faith too
little? Sometimes it is. I forget God is big
and generous. I forget the other miracles in
daily life. I forget that there is no such thing
as a little prayer. I forget about previously
answered prayers for healing that are too
numerous to count.
But God cannot be manipulated. God's timing may
not be ours. And sometimes we do not have the
eyes of faith to see the true spiritual healing
we are given.
God, give us this mustard seed faith. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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