August 21, 2011: Matthew 17:14-23, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 15, 2011
Audio length: 2:47
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. Who needs to be cured in this gospel? Who do you know that needs healing?
2. What is causing the boy in this gospel to suffer? What is causing your friend’s suffering?
3. When does Jesus heal the boy?
4. Where does the man go to get help for his son?
5. Where could you go to get help for your friend?