27th Sunday in Ordinary TimeOctober 1, 2016
INCREASE OUR FAITH!
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.
This is the atheist position. When so many of us look at the world, we see the poverty, war, disease, inequality, injustice and they look at us and say – now tell me about this God that allows for all of this! They assume there is no answer, but there is.
CLICK HERE for the readings for 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Habakuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 95; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10)