HOMILY

 

27th Ordinary Sunday                                                                Luke 17:5-10


Shouldn’t we all be inclined to say, “Increase our faith!” a short prayer we can repeat daily. As usual, the words of Jesus are addressed to all of us, here he is saying, “Everything is possible for anyone who has faith.” 

Earlier in Luke’s gospel we read about one of the apostle’s tests of faith. One day Jesus decided to go across the sea of Galilee. So he and his disciples got into the Peter’s boat (a symbol of the Church) and cast off. As they were rowing Jesus fell asleep in the stern of the boat. Everything was good and the Apostles were happy. The fishermen among them were probably telling stories about the size and number of fish they caught as all fishermen do; or they may have been competing with each other about who was the strongest oarsman and forgot all about Jesus who was sleeping soundly in the back of the boat. Suddenly a violent storm arises and soon they realize the boat is in danger of being swamped. It is then that they run to Jesus for help. They exclaim, “we’re going to die!” Jesus calms the wind and the sea and turns to them and says, “Where is your faith?” 

My brothers and sisters, I believe the Church is in a similar situation today. Our storm is the chaos in the Church, bishops disagreeing with each other on doctrines of the Church. The Bishops of Belgium have recently created a document for blessing the unions of homosexuals. Our heretical Catholic President and Speaker of the House persistently promote abortion and certain members of the Hierarchy allow them to take communion. Transgenderism is sinful an attack on the innocence of our children, it is condemned by many yet accepted by others. We must have faith that Christ will awaken and calm this storm and protect his Church.

We are all in that boat together and we have taken an oath to keep Christ at the center of our lives as we work for God’s kingdom and for the salvation ourselves and our neighbors, we are servants of God and we should be proud of that. We can all ask ourselves, “what have I done to make Christ known to my neighbors?”

There is no nexus between Jesus’ parable and his statement on faith but he obviously is telling us that, though he is our friend and our brother, we are still his servants, servants of God. His use of the paid servant is an example that is familiar to his audience. The story indicates the attitude a person should have in relation to his Creator. Our life and our salvation is a gift from God. Humanity is always in debt to God. He reminds us that Christian disciples can make no claim on God’s goodness; in serving him we are only doing our duty as disciples.

Let us look at the world around us today, those with whom we work, those on our own street, those with whom we interface in community and social groups. Even those who don’t know God but are searching for answers. Many people today are searching for a meaning to life and answers to the many errors of our time. People need help and need it badly due to our errant society. We can help them, — God expects us to help them. The answers are not easy, but true. For it is his plan of salvation to bring all people to be with him in paradise. We must cooperate with God and attempt to bring all who we can back to him. Like Jesus, we are here “to serve and not to be served.” 

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