This past Sunday we heard a father and son story. This father’s son is possessed and can neither hear nor speak. The boy is overtaken and is sometimes thrown into fire to be burned up or into water to be drowned. The father takes his son to the disciples who aren’t fasting or praying and so can’t free the child. Jesus questions the father who says,
Lord, I believe. Help Thou my unbelief.
This is not a riddle. This is what God does to the soul. He takes our unbelief, and if there’s the slightest seed of belief in us, he makes it grow. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, He explains that if your faith is as a mustard seed, God will do anything. A mustard seed is tiny; you can barely see it.
According to the fathers we are like the boy because we do not hear the Word of God and we do not speak out to praise of God. But, it is also true that we are like the father of the boy. We have a little belief mixed in with some unbelief. But that little bit of belief is enough for the Lord to act.