*******Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time—C
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
2Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
“Increase our faith!” The plea of the apostles to Jesus is a simple prayer for us all. Jesus tells his apostles—and us—that just a tiny seed of faith can do wonders. We don’t need to have it all figured out or be doubt-free. The struggle to persevere when we are surrounded by evidence suggesting that it makes more sense to give up (as the prophet Habakkuk laments) is itself that tiny seed of faith.
What’s more, we already have it. Notice the apostles don’t ask to be given faith, but to have theirs increased. In his letter to Timothy, St. Paul reminds us that God’s gift of faith is already in our possession. We have only to recognize and “stir into flame” the strength that comes from God.
The flame will take some time to grow within us, but “it will surely come.” God does not disappoint. And whenever we do discover that strength within us, we must always remember its true source, and give thanks to God. This is what we are obliged to do as God’s servants.