Welcome back to Ordinary Time! Wisdom comes in two forms: heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom. St. James speaks of the two in today’s first reading from James 3. Which type of wisdom are we working on most?
In our Gospel reading today from Mark 9, Jesus’ disciples try to remove an unclean spirit from a man’s son. They cannot. So the man comes to Jesus and asks him to do the job. Jesus tells him, “Everything is possible to one who has faith.” And the father says, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” What a paradoxical statement. And yet so true. The same is true for us.
We have faith. We profess our belief in Jesus, proclaim Him as Lord. And yet, something holds us back from believing completely. Sure, we don’t like to admit this. But if we believed completely, 100%, that Jesus can heal our every wound, take care of our every need, forgive our every sin; well, we would certainly be living differently. As it is, I think we’re probably doing the best we can. At least I hope I am. And so we echo the words of the father in today’s Gospel story…I do believe, help my unbelief!!