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Homilies :: Latin Rite
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 6, 2019

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9

2 Tim 1:6-8:13-14

Luke 17:5-10

 

Gospel Reading

 

The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' The Lord replied, 'If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you. 'Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, "Come here at once and take your place at the table"? Would you not rather say to him, "Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink"? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, "We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!" '

 

Reflection


Lumen Fidei 

 

We live in a world of violence and terror. Every day we hear stories of crimes and tragedies, scandals and corruptions, which contradict our vision of a peaceful and happy world. We are also disturbed by the fact that the forces of evil are gaining influence in our society.  They dictate the world order and the voices of good sense remain suppressed.

 

Many of the things that happen in society challenge our ideals and convictions. What are we to do to live according to our faith and conscience?  Should we simply ignore them and look aside? We hear sometimes people say: this world has been always like this; it is not going to change. We can only put up with it or reconcile with it. Sometimes we become beneficiaries of corruption and injustice knowingly or unknowingly.

 

We may play to the tune of the world and try to make the best out of it, profiting from the corrupt system.  Our position, our influence and contacts with people at high level may perhaps come handy to us to turn things to our advantage. We may think we are fools not to exploit the chances before us with a practical sense. In our eagerness and greed we do not take notice of the plight of those helpless people who are deprived of their rights due to our insensitive and unjust behaviour.

 

Don’t we water down our convictions and try to conform to the worldly values of power, position and money? But this is not at all the way of Christ.

 

If we are true believers in Christ, injustice and corruption social life will definitely disturb us. We will see with pain that the weak and the innocent suffer, while the perpetrators of evil flourish. Prophet Habakkuk went through this intense moral anguish, when he cried out: “Look, violence.” He felt the overpowering presence of evil and its oppressive deeds. He wished, perhaps, not to see them and not to be disturbed by them. Prophet Habakkuk complains to God: “Why do you make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.” But God did not spare him. He had to see in front of him all the wrongdoings of the world, with deep concern and pain. 

 

The awareness of the miseries of the world is a torment to the Prophet. But he is assured by God that nothing will go unnoticed. He has only to wait with trust and faithfulness for the time of God’s intervention for justice.

 

We are more or less in a similar situation as that of prophet Habakkuk. How can we live meaningfully and convincingly in today’s world? Instead of being frustrated by the world we have to derive courage and strength from within us. St. Paul in his letter to Timothy gives a very enlightening and encouraging message: “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and of love and of self-control.” This awareness is the wellspring of our moral courage. Drawing from this inner source St. Paul would confront every crisis and every suffering of his life with great confidence. He would say “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.”

 

Only faith in Christ can explain the mystery of life which we experience as contrasts and crosses in life and death, joy and suffering, good and evil. Faith strengthens us to face them with hope and courage. Faith is often misunderstood as an experience of irrationality before unknowable and unexplainable phenomena. Sometimes it is considered as a leap into darkness, into uncertainty. But faith is not risking of life nor is it an expression of blind ignorance. It is knowledge, an experience of wisdom and insight which emanates from the face of Christ. That is why faith is described as “light” in the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei.

 

St Paul would say that faith is a power from within. It is not based on ideologies or theories, but on the knowledge of the person of Jesus Christ. The whole person of Jesus is revealed not merely in his teachings, but in his life, death and resurrection which substantiate his teaching. Faith is not only truth; it is way and life too. Faith is a living experience which grows like a plant or a tree. In his discourse on faith Jesus highlights the wonderful nature of faith which is beyond our ordinary power of comprehension. In the parable of the mustard seed he demonstrates how powerful and effective faith can be, independent of its visibility and quantity. It may be as small and insignificant as a mustard seed. But what matters is its quality and intensity which can perform great things. Faith can even relocate a mountain!

 

The light of faith has the power to penetrate reality. It reveals to us not only the present reality which appears before us in its contradictions and absurdities, but also the future of that reality as planned and guided by God. It is the “knowledge” which is not accessible to people who live only by the practical knowledge of the day-to-day life. They make their prognosis, analyzing systematically with scientific tools the given data of reality.  But they miss the total vision of reality and fail to give us a satisfying answer to the absurdities of life. They still remain victims of competition, corruption and violence which their practical knowledge proposes as means of survival in this world.

 

The knowledge of faith, on the other hand, liberates us the vicious circle of “victor-victim” struggle in the world. A person who has a deep foundation of faith within him will never fall prey to the cut-throat competition propelled by ambition. Detachment from the fruits of action, which is summarized in the wisdom of “Nishkamakarma” is a characteristic trait of true faith. The parable of the servant, which Jesus narrates in this context, can be understood in this sense. The servant respects the unquestioned authority of the master and does not expect to be thanked or rewarded for the duties performed. Faith is total trust in God and commitment to his service, without bargaining for rewards. It is the secret of the freedom and self-confidence which true faith gives us. It makes us serve God and his people without grumbling, because our sense of duty is detached from the desire to be thanked and rewarded.

 

This does not mean that faith is passive or static. Faith is an active, dynamic energy which can change the world thoroughly. The change which faith brings about is different from the change effected by violent revolutions or class struggles. They seek to change the external conditions, which are only symptoms of a serious inner malady. Removing the symptoms is not a permanent solution for the problems. They will reappear in other forms with more disastrous effects. Faith heals not external symptoms or conditions, but relationships which are strained and disrupted. It rekindles the inner spirit of the person. It is the radical conversion of the person which only can change the world.

 

The future of the world is in the harmony of relationships and its celebration in daily life. The essence of the good news of Jesus is this harmonious world which he described as the kingdom of God. Faith, in this sense, is a journey, a pilgrimage to the kingdom of God, which is nothing but a new world of brotherly/sisterly relationships, founded on the fatherhood/motherhood of God. Let us live our faith creatively to realize the kingdom of God, so that we can say that the world is one family- Vasudhaiva-kudumbakam.

 

Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

 

 


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