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In today’s Gospel Lesson, we hear the story of the man whose son, an epileptic, is possessed by a spirit which takes hold of him causing him to convulse, gnash his teeth and foam at the mouth, sometimes throwing him into the fire or water.

One of the most interesting aspects of this story is when Jesus, confronted by the father, says that everything is possible for those who believe. To which the father replies with these very poignant words, “I do believe, help me to overcome my unbelief”.

This gospel lesson dramatically points out the necessity of faith on man’s part in order to receive God’s blessing. God loves each of us without conditions. He loves us as we are and seeks to attract us by His love and guide us into His Kingdom. God’s faithfulness to us can always be counted on and is absolutely reliable, but what about us?

We have all experienced God’s faithfulness and abiding love in numerous times and situations in our lives but sometimes doubt can sometimes seize us and wreak havoc in our life, especially at critical junctures. This story emphasizes that faith is an act of trust, an attitude of confidence, and an inner decision to rely on God.

Your faith, true faith, activates the power of God in our lives. It is through faith that we enter into a personal relationship with God and become open to the flow of His love in every aspect of our lives. We are in other words, to place our lives in the hands of the Lord. Faith and Trust in the Lord Our God!. That’s the good news of this Gospel Lesson on this 4th Sunday of Great Lent.

So as we continue our Lenten Journey and even more so our journey through life, let us understand that God has not only made clear promises to us as His creation but He has also fulfilled them without fail and will continue to do so, for God is Love.

May we strive to remain steadfast in our faith, never faltering in our faith in Him.

St. John of the Ladder