Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions

Mark 9:14-29

In this passage, we can get lost in the story of the possessed man – but what catches our attention is the interaction between Jesus and his disciples. It begins and ends with his disciples. They had just experienced an overwhelming moment at the Transfiguration – yet they failed in their ministry because of their lack of prayer or the right kind of prayer. They still were not close enough to God. “Why is it that we could not expel the demon?”Jesus replied, “This kind you can drive out only by prayer.” Are we women and men of prayer?