August 12, 2012: Matthew 17:14-23, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 6, 2012
At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.”
And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon 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 you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith, even as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.”
As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”
1. Why did the man come to Jesus? What did he want?
2. What problem did the man’s son have?
3. Did Jesus help? How?
4. Why couldn’t Jesus’ disciples cast the demon out of the boy?
5. Mustard seeds are very small, but they grow into a large plant. What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “If you have faith, even as a grain of mustard seed…”?
6. Have you ever moved a mountain with your faith? Ask your parents or godparents to tell you the story (or help you find the story) of Our Holy Father Mark of Trache when St. Serapion visited him.