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27th Week in Ordinary Time

October 4, 2010

DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR FAITH INCREASED?

All three readings are summed up to the plea of the apostles, “Lord, increase our faith!”

You they are on the way to Jerusalem and are beginning to understand the difficulties of discipleship; they are beginning to understand that all of this is much more demanding than they first thought.  The same is true with Timothy to whom Paul writes “stir the into flame the gift of God”  and the same is true with Habakkuk.

Habakkuk lived during a time of great persecution and asks the question that I have no doubt all of us have asked at one point:  Lord if you are all powerful, all knowing, and all loving – you would know about this evil or hardship I see and you could do something about it.  And if you are who you claim to be – you would love me enough to take this away from me.

And the Lord says:  write the vision down so that you might read it readily.  For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment and will not disappoint; if it delays wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.

After all, you are the one who asked for faith.  How else do you think you are going to get it?  Did you think it would be like a light switch?  No!  Rather, we are given events and opportunities to learn what we pray for.  We must Trust that there is a reason for all that we see.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Habakkuk 1:2-3; Second Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; and Luke 17:5-10)

DOWNLOAD AUDIO: Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (9 min)

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