P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark.
C: Glory be to Thee, O Lord
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and
scribes arguing with them. And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him,
were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. And he asked them, “What
are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him,
“Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And
whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and
becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And
he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How
long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him.
And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the
ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How
long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has
often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything,
have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things
are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and
said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running
together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I
command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out
and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most
of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and
he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately,
“Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven
out by anything but prayer.”
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise be to Thee, O Christ.