Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Lord, increase our faith!
Lord, increase our faith!
1. In the 1st reading (Hab 1:2–3; 2:2–4), the prophet complains to Our Lord of the delay of His response to his pleas for help in a destructive and violent environment he finds himself. Our Lord responded and said:
- Faith in God, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, and all that God has revealed through His Son and His Church, is necessary for salvation.
- But let us keep in mind that Faith is more than just an intellectual acceptance of a body of doctrine or professing a religion, observing some doctrinal, moral and liturgical norms on the one hand, and on the other hand, far greater than a mere acceptance of Jesus as Our Savior. One should not confuse faith with sentiments.
“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
- We must not allow ourselves to be swallowed by a worldly, godless society. We must not be contented to be mere Sunday Catholics. Nor should we be Dr. Jekkyl on the one hand, and Mr. Hyde on the other.
- Rather, our condition as Catholics, as baptized Christians, should be made manifest in all that we do and wherever we are: coherent Christians!
- Furthermore, a man who really believes in God, in Jesus and in His Church; who fully trusts in God’s Will and Wisdom and truly abandons himself into God’s Hands, has an unshakeable optimism and firm serenity especially when he finds himself in difficult circumstances, for faith in God makes us omnipotent as well! This is the reason why Our Lord said:
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
- “Omnia possibilia sunt credenti: All things are possible for anyone who believes (Mk 9:23).” These are Christ’s words.
- How many times have we succumbed to discouragement, anxiety and sadness because we have not trusted in God who knows most and best for each one of us! How many times have we recovered peace and serenity when we rectify and put our problems and fate in God’s hands! And how many times have we realized after overcoming the trials in our life that God had not abandoned us and had helped us weather countless difficulties!
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