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.”
We know that Jesus is meek and humble, so it surprising to us to hear him speak this way.
“O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you?”
He is clearly frustrated by the people around him. He has had enough!
When His disciples ask him, “Why could we not drive it out?” He responds bluntly, “Because of your little faith.” Presumably his disciples are among the more faithful believers, yet he calls them to task for their lack of faith. He makes it clear to them that they are not living up to expectations. He does not berate them, but one can almost imagine him rolling his eyes at them and throwing up his hands in exasperation. He goes on to tell them that true faith has the power to “move mountains.” The gospel selection today closes with his promise to believers, “Nothing will be impossible for you.”
When will His disciples get it? When will we get it? When will we realize the power that He bestows on his faithful ones. Nothing will be impossible for us!