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27 Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 Sunday C 19

My dear friends in Christ,

 

In today’s First Reading, prophet Habakkuk prayed to God, crying out, “How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry to you ‘Violence!’ But you do not intervene.” And the Lord answered, “Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets so that one can read it readily… The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.”

In all of the O.T. prophets, Habakkuk was the one who spoke most often against the nations of his time. Habakkuk reprimanded but also reminded people that all worldly powers, authorities, riches and glories were temporary, therefore, nobody, kings or subjects, should depend on them and neglect God. Habakkuk told people of the need of conversion.

We are living in these times and days which fit very well with Habakkuk’s description. Ours is the most violent and murderous time: violence, massive shooting and killing, especially the killing of innocent babies by abortion. Every day we are facing all kinds of attacks against our faith, religion, conscience, and freedom of conscience; attacks against family, against the nation, against the Church, and also against God.

Today’s Gospel talks about attitudes towards faith in God. When the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, he talked about the power of faith. Through faith, those who truly believe in God will have the power that dominates the material world in an absolutely powerful way. Through faith, we who believe in God can fully dominate ourselves, letting ourselves become his disciples.

The story of God’s chosen people in the desert is a story of depression and hopelessness caused by their short memory on the miracle of the Exodus. Their greatest sin was the lack of appreciation, only forgetfulness and complaint. Jesus’ lesson for us is: those who trust in God will live, but those who rely on their own power will be destroyed.

For our families, our nation, and for the Church, let’s pray: “Lord, increase our faith.”

 

Fr. Joe