Autor: Fr. Patrick Butler, LC | Fuente: Sacerdos Institute 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
October 7, 2007. Homily. Readings: Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Psalm 95; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10.
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C Readings: Habakkuk 1:2-3,
2:2-4; Psalm 95; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10 Author: Fr.
Patrick Butler, LC
THEME OF THE READINGS A humble heart, one
that recognizes the supremacy of God and his rights above
all else, is fertile ground for a firm and increasing
faith. Habakkuk cries out to the Lord in his distress
and God asks him to put his faith in the
vision he shows him. The psalm is a reminder that
it takes a heart of flesh, not a heart of
stone, to hear God´s voice. Christ, in the Gospel, reminds
his followers that they are God´s servants and that their
humble submission is necessary to grow in faith.
DOCTRINAL MESSAGE In
his need and his desire to increase in God´s ways,
man often cries out to God to come to his
aid. Habakkuk is in a situation of distress. He sees
only injustice and violence around him; he does not see
how God is present. He perceives that his outcry to
God remains unheeded. God then speaks to the prophet, telling
him to write down a vision that reveals how God
will intervene. He reminds Habakkuk that God´s plan is worthy
of faith, since it will certainly be fulfilled, but it
takes patience and humility to accept God´s way of being.
disciples also cry out to him in their need for
a greater faith. Christ confirms that they need that faith,
since it enables God to do marvels through them. The
illustration of a faith the size of a mustard seed
that could uproot a tree and send it seeking for
water in the sea is an image that captures the
imagination. Jesus then goes on to tell a seemingly unrelated
story about a servant who, when finished with his ordinary
work, is told to go serve his master. He should
not expect some extraordinary recognition or reward. At a second
glance, however, this story relates to the petition for a
greater faith, since it demonstrates how a man should relate
to his Lord and God. Humility and patience are needed
to receive from God that which in due time he
desires to give us.
In the Second Reading, St. Paul also
recommends a way of relating to God and his gifts.
He reminds Timothy that he received the Holy Spirit and
the gifts that He brings to the soul. Paul encourages
him to place his faith in the Holy Spirit, which
will enable him to be a courageous witness to the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. While it is true that we
are merely servants, the Holy Spirit can do wonders with
those who place their faith and trust in him.
We all need to learn the same lesson as Habakkuk,
the Apostles and Timothy. We often pray to the Lord
in our need, without however hearing the response we had
wanted or with the promptitude that we would have liked.
In fact, we are often times deceived by prayer because
"we do not know how to pray as we ought"
We lack that consciousness of God being
so far above us, so different from our often selfish,
narrow and limited way of thinking. His ways, in fact,
are not our ways. We need to realize that he
is the infinitely wise and providential God. Our lives are
part of his eternal plan. Therefore, we must activate our
This does not mean that we must just sit back
and passively enjoy the ride, since everything is already decided.
God wants us to pray, to praise and thank him,
to humbly ask for forgiveness for our failings and to
ask him for what we need. The prerequisite for this
prayer is that humble and patient disposition that recognizes God
as our Father, who knows what is best for us
and at which moment to give us what we need.
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