Luke 9:37-42 (NRSV)
By John Grimm
Wow. That is what can be said about Jesus casting out a demon from a boy. We should be astounded at the greatness of God. For the man to see his son free from the demon would have been spectacular!
When is the last time we were astounded by the greatness of God?
Did this astonishment happen when a confirmand felt the Holy Spirit present in her?
Did this astonishment happen when a loved one quietly died after battling a terrible disease?
Did this astonishment happen in a worship service as Jesus healed a broken relationship?
Maybe we are like the generation who watched Jesus cast the demon out of the boy. Maybe we are faithless and perverse. It might be that Jesus needs to rebuke us so that we can see the greatness of God.
God, we want to see your greatness. However, our lack of faith and our perverse ways keep us from noticing your power at work in this world. Heal our lack of faith and drive out our perverse ways. We want to see you work in our world. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.