27th Sunday Ordinary Time - Year C


Habakkuk was a minor prophet who lived during the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. He encouraged his fellow Jews to retain their faith during this disaster. He interprets faith as a persistent confidence in God's saving power. Paul cites this passage to defend his theology that a person is justified by his faith and not by religious deeds. Jesus will also insist on the priority of faith in today's Gospel.

  If you had faith the size of a mustard seed...

Stir into flame the gift of God

I cry out to you.
The vision still has its time


The apostles ask what seems to be a reasonable request, that Jesus enlarge the quantity of their faith. Christ responds that faith is not something that can be measured by size. He illustrates this with a story that seems to have more to do with service than faith. The point seems to be that faith is less an amount of belief than it is a way of living. The true believer goes far beyond mere obligation and seeks total fulfillment of God's designs.

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