God gives each person certain abilities to care for the self.
Each person has a responsibility to use the abilities wisely.
Every person has the responsibility to handle problems in ways pleasing to God.
Individuals are powerless without Christ.
Individuals are strengthened in Christ.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Philippians:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When Christ is dominant in the heart, mind and life of an individual,
the empowerment by Christ becomes obvious.
The peace from Christ is noticeable.
Christ’s assurance becomes clear..
The disciples sought answers when they turned to Christ
with their question: “Why could we not cast it out?”
Turning to Christ with sincere questions leads to the answers for a better life.
Sincere questions uncover desirable solutions.
The disciples turned to Christ in a time of privacy.
Their hunger for an answer was evident.
The disciples desired to learn from Christ.
Christ was attentive to their question. Christ is always attentive.
Jesus’ answers to questions reveals much about the person asking.
His answers also reveal as much about Jesus.
The soul benefits when the words of Christ are nurtured in the heart and mind.
The disciples suffered from unbelief.
Contemporary believers benefit when regularly evaluating the degree of personal unbelief.
Care must be taken throughout life not to reduce
the complete commitment to Christ declared at Holy Baptism.
Care must be taken to honor the profession of faith in the Holy Trinity.
Jesus reminded the disciples of the value of strong faith.
Jesus taught the value of prayer and fasting.
The Christian life requires commitment and exertion of faith.
The Christian life intends believers to take definitive action.
Blessed Theophylact understands Jesus to say: “that many are
by force acquiring the kingdom of heaven, that is, faith in Him.” 1
Believers seeking the kingdom of God must have
the willingness to exert the necessary force.
Sacrifice is necessary to follow Christ.
Temptations and diversions are to be cast aside to enter by the narrow gate.
The mind is to be exercised as a barrier against temptations and yielding to sin.
Discernment is necessary to guard against attractions that put the soul in peril.
Prayer and fasting strengthen a person in Christ.
Faith, prayer and fasting are definitive in helping a person grow in Christ.
The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
Translated by Fr. Christopher Stade. Chrysostom Press,
House Springs, Missouri, 2006, p.95.
July 23 / August 5, 2018
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania
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