From today's Gospel (Mark 9:14-29):
'But if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.’ ‘If you can?’ retorted Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for anyone who has faith.’ Immediately the father of the boy cried out, ‘I do have faith. Help the little faith I have!’
This short passage from today's Gospel is describing the dialogue between Jesus and a man who is begging Jesus to heal his possessed son.
How do you imagine Jesus when he says 'if you can'? Does he raise his voice and shout at the man for his lack of faith? Or does he speak more gently, almost laughing at the thought of this man's subtle and sub-conscious doubting of his ability to heal? We don't know for certain but it is more likely to be the latter.
But what follows is a bold statement that 'Everything is possible with faith.' And we must believe this. The reason I suggest we must believe it is because Jesus is telling us that this is the case. Remember, faith can move mountains. We just haven't moved any mountains with it because we lack it so much! The Saints moved mountains with their healing powers, great strength and wisdom drawn from intense faith and prayer.
We must strive to be like saints. We must never dismiss the call to sainthood because 'we aren't good enough' or I'll never achieve that.' Do not worry as to whether or not you achieve it because that is for God, and God alone, to decide. You must work at your call to sainthood and persevere in your faith. And if you struggle, ask Jesus to help you. Remember the man in the Gospel passage: "I do have faith. Help the little faith I have!"