Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

What Goes Into the Mind is Very Important. Friday Week 1 in Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Friday Week 1 in Ordinary Time of the Year 


 Mark 2:2-12 



How do you feel whenever you want to go to God in prayer? What is always in our minds whenever we join others in a prayer session? Those things that go through our minds are very important. 

What goes into the mind before we approach God is very important.



Do we go to God with a heart full of doubt? Do we only go to Him because there are people who advised us to try God?



 Going in the presence of God demands full conviction and expectation. It demands full hope that He can do what we ask of Him. 



To go in the presence of God needs full conviction without a doubt that God is full of love.

 What goes into the mind when we want to approach God should be a full conviction. It is not a doubt. 


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The Group of People that Encounter Jesus Today.



In the gospel of today, we have the paralytic who was brought down from a rooftop, the four men who helped him to encounter Jesus. and finally, the scribes who doubt Jesus’ power and authority to forgive sins. 


The first group encountered healing, while the second group had nothing. 

The first group came with faith and conviction while the second group was full of doubt. 

At last, only those who acted out of faith experienced His healing power. 



It is good to note that the first group came with faith, the second group came with doubt and at last, those who came with faith were favoured.



In essence, what goes into our minds at prayers, before prayers and after prayers are extremely important if we truly want to experience the power of God. 




What goes into the mind should be faith and only faith. We should give no room for doubt. 




 The Four Men and the Paralytic.



In the gospel, when the four men came to where Jesus is today, they were prevented by the crowd to meet Jesus. They have to open the roof of the house to find a way. 


The question then is “why must they make such kind of effort?



 How are they sure that if they lower the paralytic, Jesus will heal Him? Will that not be a wasted effort? Must Jesus heal all? 


But in these four men, there is no room for doubt. What they want is simply to lower the paralytic in His presence and leave him there.



This shows that they have heard about Jesus and believe that what they heard is true. What goes into their minds is only to tap healing from Jesus.



So, they go for Him with an eye focused on the good things the Lord can do and not whether He would heal or not. 



Therefore, when we come to the Lord, do we focus our attention on our problems and the prayers He has not answered the way we want? 



Or do we focus on the goodness of the Lord? If there are good and impossible things God has done in your life, it means He can do more.



In the case of the Paralytic, nothing was heard from him. But what do you think must be going through his mind? 



For Him to allow the four men to lower him from the roof means the four men must also have told him about Jesus, and because of that, He accepted whatever they could do to bring Him in the presence of the Lord. 




What goes into the mind and our hearts are very important during prayers.

 Faith comes through the mind. It comes with this deep and sincere conviction about what the Lord can do. 



What goes into the mind or what goes in our hearts during prayers tells a lot about the magnitude of our faith.

When you go in God’s presence, do you see Him as a loving God or not? When we go in the Lord’s presence, do we like the woman that suffers a haemorrhage, convince ourselves that if only we could touch His cloak, we shall encounter healing? If only we can visit Him, we will encounter healing and divine graces.


Let us always be wary of what goes into the minds. What goes into the mind is very important. 




 The Faith of Others can help



When Jesus saw the faith of the four men, He did not only heal the paralytic but forgives him of all his sins.



Sometimes, we need the faith of others. When they brought the man to Jesus, Jesus marvels at the faith of the men who brought the paralytic and not even the paralytic. 



So, When you have an intention, you can as well ask others to help you at prayers. Today, the faith of others saved a paralytic. The faith of others can save you as well.



 God searches the Heart.



When the scribes began to murmur among themselves about Jesus’ ability to forgive sins, they do not know that Jesus knows whatever they are saying among themselves.


Therefore, God knows our hearts. He knows the heart that comes to Him with love and faith and the one that came just for a trial. 



God knows the mind that is full of conviction in what He can do and the one that is full of doubt. 



He knows it, when we just pray for the sake of praying and when we mean what we pray. 

The question today then is “when we go in His presence, do we go with a heart full of doubts, worry, fear and complaints or a heart full of love and faith for Jesus. 



Even when it looks as if God is keeping silent, it is better to keep the faith strong than lose it entirely. Always remember that what goes into the mind is very important before you meet God. 





May God bless you dearest, and give us the grace to stand firm despite the seeming challenges. May we never lose hope in Him. Amen


  1. Henry says

    Amen, thank you

  2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


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  5. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen. I have place my hope and truth in him.

  6. Munachimso onuoha says

    Father increase my faith and give me the grace to stand firm despite the seeming challenges. May I never lose hope in you in the precious might name of Jesus amen

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Padre and may God bless you.

  8. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, thank you fr

  9. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for another delicious breakfast this morning. I pray thee to guide and guard my mind and grace to trust you more and more through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  10. Nonye Maduka says


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  13. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen and may God grant me the grace to stand strong in faith in Jesus name

  14. Tochukwu Francis says

    God increase my faith, that it may change the life of others

  15. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    May God help us to have strong faith when we approach him in prayers.

  16. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Oh Lord, help me to have deep faith in you. Am sorry for doubting you many atimes. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  17. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  18. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says


  19. Anyiam Cornelia says

    Lord Jesus put a strong faith in me to stand firm in You all through my life, amen.

  20. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    May the good Lord strengthen the faith of those who seek him in truth and in spirit. Amen

  21. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God help me to hold to faith and increase my faith and that of my siblings in You through Christ Our Lord Amen

  22. Okeke Chioma Agatha says


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  26. Kaycee Omeke says

    Thank you Fr.

  27. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  28. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    May the Lord help me to remove every atom of doubt in me whenever I come to His presence in Jesus name, Amen

  29. Amara Beluonwu says


  30. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen. Faith in God 🙌

  31. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Amen.. Thank you Jesus

  32. Ugwu Obianuju says


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  34. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus increase our faith as you answer our prayers. Amen

  35. tony chukwudozie says

    O lord may your grace be more sufficient in me in other not to lose my faith in you.amen and amen

  36. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Good morning Padre
    I pray for a stronger faith,to always believe in God without doubting
    Remain blessed Father

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  38. Chibuzor says

    Than you Lord for this words

  39. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    I need your strength Lord Jesus Christ to keep going, help me. Amen

  40. Sis Lois Blessing Paul says



    May we continue to ask for God’s grace in abundance to grow our faith in him because we need that faith to remain steadfast in him. May our faith in him grow bigger than our doubting spirit through christ our lord. Amen

  42. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen. May I never loose hope in God.

  43. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you too Fr… May God grant us the grace to always go to him in prayers with faith without any doubt whatsoever, nomatter the situation or challenge, Amen!

  44. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. I pray for the grace of God at all times. Amen

  45. Igwe Lilian says


  46. Bena says

    Thank you Fr. for sharing the word and the emphasis on faith during prayer.

  47. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    My lord! I confess that sometimes I just rush into prayer for the sake of praying; without thinking deep about what am praying for and your ability to answer my prayers. I just pray and pray without conviction; without concentration. Please, my God, help me to be conscious of the fact that the people I always pray for need my faithful prayer so they will overcome their problems. Help me lord to be always convinced that despite all odds, You will hearken to my prayers. Amen! Jesus, I trust in You! Thanks a bunch, Padre!

  48. Blessing Chilo says

    Amen. Your grace is sufficient unto us oh Lord. Keep pushing us further to do your will through christ our Lord.

  49. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Oh Lord, please set my heart on fire for You.
    Guide my thoughts, words and actions. Help me to listen more and talk less in Jesus name, Amen 🙏

  50. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, God I pray fr the grace of steadfastness in prayer, may we never loose hope in you.

  51. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  52. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thanks father

  53. Onukwugha Florence says

    Mighty God, Please increase my Faith and give me the Grace to go to your presence with full Conviction that you can do even the impossiblility…. Father thanks for this reflections… Remain Blessed.

  54. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  55. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says




    May the Holy Spirit inspire us to always approach God with faith and not doubts through Christ our Lord, Amen.

    Thank you Father for this thoughtful reflection.

  57. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, God bless you Fr. More grace

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  61. Helen says

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness O Lord🙌🙌🙌🙌

    Thank you Padre for all your good works. May God reward you abundantly 🙏

  62. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  63. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    God,we need Your grace to always place our trust and faith in You.Amen

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