A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
“Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
Jesus said in reply,
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
“Why could we not drive it out?”
He said to them, “Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to 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.
Nothing will be impossible for you.” (mat 17:14-20)
St Cyril of Jerusalem wrote, ” There is only one faith, but it comes in two kinds. For there is faith with regard to the dogmas…with is necessary for salvation…But there is another kind of faith, and it is a gift from Christ. For it is written…’And another may have the gift of faith given by the same Spirit.’ (Cor 12:8-9) This faith, given by the Spirit as a gift, concerns not only the dogmas, but is also the cause of those marvels that are beyond the abilities of humankind. This one who has such faith will be able to say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it would move. (Mat 17:20)'”
Question of the day: Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed?