Live in the Now
Have you ever been really sick, or been caring for someone who was? Maybe it wasn't sickness per say, but the feeling of being weak and unable to help yourself. I know when I had my wisdom teeth taken out, I couldn't do anything but lay around, even eat. When you're weak, you become unable to fend for yourself, and rely on those around you to help, until you can get back on your feet. Once you manage to cope again, you begin testing your limits, trying to do everything you can to be back to normal. You know that healing will come eventually, even if it's a process. In the same way, a life of faith takes belief that the trials will be overcome, that hope is possible even when you're at the weakest. Just remember the example Christ gives us on the cross.
Today's Gospel states:'And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer" (Mark 9:14-29).
In today's Gospel, we hear about the man who seeks Jesus' healing for his son. It brings us into the very real possibility of death, and healing, of having hope. Jesus teaches us that we need to be people who live for the current day, because he may not be physically there tomorrow. Do you place too much trust in tomorrow that you don't live your all in the moment? Take some time to ask God to call you into His plan for now, and have hope for each day, every moment.
Today's prayer comes from 'daily prayer', a prayer for living today:
O God: Give me strength to live another day; Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties; Let me not lose faith in other people; Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness; Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them; Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity; Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things; Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth; Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness; and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls; in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.