“They Could Not Cure Him”
We recognize that the needs of the people around us are great, O Lord.
We recognize also the sense in which if the people around us are going to come to you for help and healing they are going to have to come to us, to the Church, to the Body of Christ.
We furthermore recognize the frustrations that arise both for the people in need and for the Church that wants to help them when we are unable to touch them as we need to do.
Give us hearts, O Lord, that want to help; give us the resources that we need to be able to help; forgive us when our inability to help is because of some shortcoming in us—particularly if it is a shortcoming that is intentionally chosen and selfishly nurtured.
“When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.’ Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.’” (Matthew 17:14-17).