Reflection on Matthew 17:20 — “Because of your little faith.”

For me, today’s Gospel is particularly frightening. We hear Jesus rebuke his disciples for their lack of faith. I have to ask myself: how does my faith compare to theirs? In the end though, we have to recognize that God’s grace is always more important than human effort. In fact, this is the gist of the response to today’s Psalm: “You forsake not those who seek you, O Lord” (Psalm 9:11). If we honestly seek the Kingdom, then we ought not get too discouraged by our own shortcomings!

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