HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OF YEAR C.
THEME: Lord increase my faith little by little so that my heart grows in love and trust in You.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Res Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14
Today in a special way, we celebrate the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year C.
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
Dear brethrens, sometimes we might find ourselves angry with God, like the prophet Habakkuk in the first reading, who asks, ‘How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen, to cry “Oppression” in your ear and you will not save?’ He felt abandoned by God as he struggled to deal with all that was coming at him. Yet, he was very much a person of faith. Disappointment with God, anger at God, is not necessarily a sign that our faith has grown weak. If we can trust God with our angry towards him, it is a sign of faith. Habakkuk’s trusting faith allowed him to have a very honest conversation with God. God values our honesty in prayer.
*FROM THE SECOND READING*
Like what we have heard in the second reading, we sometimes feel that our faith is like a flame that has died back to the embers. In that reading, Paul calls on Timothy to fan into a flame the gift that God gave him, the gift of faith. The trials and tribulations of life can sometimes undermine our faith. When life is a struggle, we wonder where God is.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the Lord speaking to His disciples when they asked of Him to increase their faith. The Lord reminded them all that if they truly had genuine faith, even no matter how small it may seem to be, everything will be possible. Again, the Lord was actually reminding all of His disciples that they should not treat faith as a tool for their own self-benefit and ambition. For at that time, the disciples had followed the Lord for various reasons.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE LITURGICAL READINGS OF TODAY?*
Dear brothers and sisters, the seed of faith may begin small, but we can cooperate with Jesus to increase our faith by ensuring that it has “good soil” in which to thrive. Some of the elements that make up the good soil of our spiritual lives are prayer, the sacraments, and Scripture reading. We can grow in faith by constantly caring for our spiritual lives. We can also pray and ask Jesus, just as the apostles did, to “increase my faith.”
Yes dear Friends, let us ask the Lord to increase our faith so that we can believe in the goodness of the Lord. And let us ask the Lord to increase our faith so that we can also believe in the goodness of people.
May the Lord increase our faith, so that our love will also increase. When we are able to see the goodness of the Lord in the people and everything around us, then God’s blessings will also increase upon us, and upon our mustard seed of faith.
The Lord be with You!