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Liturgical day: Saturday 18th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 17,14-20): A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, «Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state». A man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, «Sir, have pity on my son who is an epileptic and is in a wretched state. He has often fallen into the fire and at other times into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him». Jesus replied, «You, faithless and evil people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me». And Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy was immediately healed.

The disciples then gathered around Jesus and asked him privately, «Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?». Jesus said to them, «Because you have little faith. I say to you: if only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible to you».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Gospel transmits us a very important detail that knee sometimes goes unnoticed. That man met Jesus Christ by kneeling. In certain areas, it is not fashionable to "kneel down". How curious! We have lost this healthy habit, exclusive to humans. In fact, man is never so much a man as when he kneels.

-Conclusion: that father got immediately what he asked for when he was on his knees. Of course, when we treat God as God, then we allow God to act as God.