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10/2/16 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. James

Our gospel today talks about faith. The apostles request Jesus: “Increase our faith.” This passage talks about our attitude towards our faith. We experience faith every day. We have faith in our doctor to heal us when we are sick. Our faith in our doctor increases if he is good in his profession. The apostles experienced faith in Jesus in His ministry of love, mercy, healing and miracles.

Jesus said to the disciples, “If you had faith like a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’, and it would obey you” Often people quote these lines for saying that if you had enough faith you could perform miracles. But Jesus was saying something else. He talks about the fulfillment of duties. Jesus saying, if we had faith like a mustard seed our ordinary activities of daily life could become extraordinary. As the apostles asked Jesus, “Increase our faith” we also ask Jesus for an increase in faith.

Faith can be looked into main three dimensions: faith as believing, faith as trusting, and faith as obeying/doing. We believe in God and come to know Him by reading Bible and spiritual writings, listening homilies, knowing the doctrines and dogmas of our catholic faith.

We recite the Apostles’ Creed, we believe the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and all dogmas. But when the things do not work out as we expect we take matters into our own hands or look for help elsewhere. It shows lack of our faith. Prayer and worship will increase our trust. shows our trust in Him.

We are actually created, saved, called and commanded to serve God. Whenever we serve others in anyway, we are actually serving God we are saved for service. We serve God out of deep gratitude for what he has done for us. We owe him our lives. If we have no love and desire to serve others then we have to ask if Christ is really in our hearts.

St Paul says to us, ‘For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the imposition of hands.’ We have received the gift of faith through the imposition of hands at baptism and confirmation. We have to rekindle it so that we may express our faith not only in words but in actions. By rekindling our faith 1)We shall witness our faith in our lives without fear of suffering or death: 2)We shall believe the sound doctrine that comes from the apostles 3) We shall guard and hand on to others (teach) the faith that has been handed down to us.


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