May 20, Monday Weekday
The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty. — Psalm 93:1
Mass Readings: Sirach 1:1-10/Mark 9:14-29
Help My Unbelief!
Theologically, doubt and unbelief are poles apart. Unbelief says I won’t believe because I don’t want to; doubt says I can’t believe although I want to. Unbelievers don’t doubt God — they simply leave God out of the equation altogether. But believers who take their faith seriously frequently struggle with doubt — like Job, Thomas, and in modern times, even people like Blessed Mother Teresa, who once wrote in a letter, “In my soul I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God.”
Jesus doesn’t ask us to suppress or deny our doubts, but invites us to bring them to Him, trusting Him to deal with them. The desperate father in today’s Gospel does just this when he cries out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
Prayer: My Lord and my God, I’m grateful that You can handle my doubts.
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