August 8, 2020
Mt 17: 14-20
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 be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell 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; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Mustard seeds planted by Dominic and Ignatius
On this feast day of St. Dominic, I think it is important to acknowledge the influence that the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) had on St. Ignatius of Loyola and the founding of the Society of Jesus, and the mustard seeds planted by both men.
A few examples: while convalescing, Ignatius was spiritually inspired reading two books by Dominican authors: The Life of Jesus Christ and Golden Legend. Ignatius sought Dominican confessors, spent time in Dominican residences – even received his theology licentiate from a Dominican university, Saint Jacques, in Paris.
Saints Ignatius and Dominic each planted a figurative mustard seed in the founding of their respective religious orders. In time, each grew into a mustard tree, branches found throughout the world in educational and evangelizing institutions. These orders have given us priests, Catholic apologists, theologians and popes.
Their lives witness to keeping Christ in the center of our life. Water and sunlight – our singular focus on Christ and his redemption – turns our spiritual life from mustard seed to mustard tree. When we fall short of holding that center, do not despair – we see the apostles falling short of this in today’s Gospel.
—Curt Robey is awaiting ordination into the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Chicago this autumn. Curt & his wife Sally live in Wilmette, IL and are the parents of four children who attended Loyola Academy & Saint Ignatius College Prep.
May Saint Dominic come to the help of your Church by his merits and teaching, O Lord, and may he, who was an outstanding preacher of your truth, be a devoted intercessor on our behalf. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
—Collect prayer from today’s Mass
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