I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Give and it will be given to you (Luke 6:38).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Reflection for October 6, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Luke 17:5-10

Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied, "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.

"Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here immediately and take your place at table'? Would he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.
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My Reflection:
Were the apostles lacking in faith, that’s why they asked Jesus to increase their faith? I think so,  perhaps, they were already being overwhelmed by the challenges and difficulties of their mission. That’s why they said to Jesus, “Increase our faith.”

Diminishing faith I think is an ever present danger in our relationship with Jesus. Most especially today where our faith in God is severely being tested by our enormous problems. Does faith in God still matters today? Of course it still matters! Above all our problems and trials is a God who is in control and a God who is far more superior than any problems in this world.

Our life today is full of challenges and problems. There is always that danger that these challenges and problems might take us away from our faith in God. For example, We might question God, why are we encountering these trials. And it may seem that God is not hearing our prayers.  In the process we might be overwhelmed and might lose our faith in God.

That’s why it is a must also for all of us to always ask Jesus to increase our faith. We make this petition part of our daily prayer. Because faith is a gift from Jesus this is something that we cannot achieve by our own efforts. No matter how hard we try to increase our faith by ourselves, we would not be able to have it.

Therefore we pray again, increase our faith O Lord and continue to strengthen us as we pass through the many trials of our lives. …    

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