Sunday 02 October 2022 – ATTITUDE OF A CHRISTIAN

27th Sunday of the Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2–3; 2:2–4

How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not intervene.  Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery?  Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord.  Then the Lord answered me and said:  Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily.  For the vision still has its time, presses to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.  The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

2nd Reading:2 Timothy 1:6–8, 13–14

Beloved:  I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.  Take as your norm the sound words that you heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.

Gospel: Luke 17:5–10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”  The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat.  Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drin k when I am finished’?  Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?  So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

THE CORRECT ATTITUDE OF A CHRISTIAN: Faith is a gift from God. It is a gift that gives a person the urge to serve God. It is complete trust or confidence in God. Being a gift, faith is not demanded from God. What one does in the church or when practicing religion is a thanksgiving for what one has received from the Lord. A person’s faith increases when he/she strives to carry out the works that God has entrusted to him/her to the best of one’s ability. A person who prepares himself/herself well and then actively participates in Holy Mass to the best of his/her ability, his/her faith in God increase. Faith increases when one is close to God and is carrying out the will of God to the best of one’s ability. Faith does not increase by asking for it, but by doing the will of God as a thanksgiving for what God has done to the person. The correct Christian attitude should be a thanksgiving all the time.

Prayer: May all people thank you Lord by doing your will.

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INCREASE MY FAITH: A child is sure of his safety in its parents hands. As we grow and come to believe in God, we learn to trust in God. At times, our trust in God is shaky, and doubts arise. Some go after other sources of strength and support. To grow in faith, one needs to make the journey of faith moving more towards God, and away from superstitions and false gods. When one prefers to be near God through a lifestyle, then it is a sign that the faith is increasing. In order to increase our faith, we need to cooperate with God and allow Him to direct our lives. It is a sign of trust and obedience to His will. When we do not allow God to direct our lives, we are weakening in our faith. We need great generosity to serve Him in faith.