Monday, February 21, 2011

"I do believe, help my unbelief!"

Monday, February 21, 2011
Week 7
Mark 9:14-29
Every coin, it seems, has two sides, one that is positive, and one that is negative.  The more valuable the coin, the greater are its positive and negatives sides.  Here was the transfigured Jesus in his risen glory on top of the mountain with his friends Peter, James and John along with Moses and Elijah.  There was God’s voice, too, thundering from the cloud saying, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.  No retreat in the history of the world could ever match the heights of this peak moment.  But down there at the bottom of the mountain was anger, argument, a boy possessed by the devil,  a father’s weak faith and the disciples’ failure in trying to help the boy.
Flip the coin, where will lady luck land?  Will she land us on the positive peak moment of grace, healing and peace?  Will she land us in the depths of sin, doubt and despair?  Either way, luck has nothing to do with it.  Whatever the moment, Christ is there calling us to a deeper faith in the joys and delights life offers, and in the sorrows we must endure.  Lady luck is nothing but a myth, a mirage of faulty logic.  What is most important is prayer.  The prayer of gratitude for all that is good in this life and the prayer for mercy, compassion and healing when we suffer.  On top of the mountain, or in the depths of Hell, the love of Christ is always the same.  It is the love that draws us in every moment of our lives to his heart that beats eternal salvation for all those whom he loves.  Lord, I do believe, help my unbelief.

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