October 2 - TwentySeventh Sunday in Ordinary Time : Faith as a mustered seed

September 28th, 2016

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First Reading  Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
The patience of the just man shall be rewarded when he sees the visionfulfilled.


Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9
Sing joyfully to God, our salvation.


Second Reading  2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Paul urges Timothy to remain strong in the Spirit of faith Timothy received.


Gospel Reading
Luke 17:5-10 


The power of our faith doesn't depend on its quantity but its quality;It seems to me that this is why, when the apostles said increase our faith,Jesus took them immediately out of the area of quantity, and broughtthem to the smallest seed he could think of, the mustard seed. Jesus could havesaid, for example: If your faith were the size of a grain of sand, or aspeck of dust, but the point of the comparison with the mustard seed isthat it is living; it has a living power which a grain ofsand does not. Just as a small weed can split a slab of concrete, or a mustardseed can produce a huge tree in which the birds of the air find shelter, so theliving power of faith can move mountains. The secret of the living power whichfaith has is that it is built on the living word of God. Faith, trust and deepcommitment to the wonderful things that God does through the strangeness ofhis ways, are the basis of the Christian life. Through a deep and trustingacceptance of the goodness, yet strangeness of God’s ways, revealed to usthrough the loving gift of His Son, we can make sense of our lives. We, whohave received this gift of living faith in God’s Word, have a responsibility forits growth in us, or more precisely, we have a responsibility to grow inthis gift of faith.