Saturday : 11th August, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 17:14-20

Matthew 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

Today’s Gospel shows the disciples of Jesus doing something many of us often shy away from: “seeking to find the actual reasons behind our inability to do something”. Instead, we seek for, and hide behind excuses- excuses that only contribute to feeding our ego, but adds nothing of any sort to our growth and development as individuals.

When the disciples asked Jesus ‘why could we not cast it out?’, he diagnosed their problem: ‘because of your unbelief’. Based on those words alone, the disciples would have an idea of what the problem could be, should a similar situation arise at a later time. Hence, the importance of seeking feedback after everything was settled.

Beloved, the purpose of seeking feedback is not only “to identify what one is doing well and to keep doing that”, but to also ‘identify weak points that require consolidation’. Besides Jesus’ answer, the question ‘why couldn’t we do it?’, can solicit responses like: ‘because you missed that fact’, ‘because you were in a rush’ or ‘because you took your eyes off the target’.

All these responses, in addition to offering us a practical diagnosis of our situation, also aim at providing a platform on ‘how we can be successful at the next attempt’. Next time we can work on growing our faith, we can keep our eyes on Jesus, we can become patient in our dealings – those are the solutions that can emerge because we listened to others.

Remember # good feedback will always prompt problem solving.


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