Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. Our readings this week emphasise the need for faith, in particular when there are difficulties to be faced in life. In the Gospel today we hear the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. This was because they were getting nearer to Jerusalem and the strong forces that were against the message of Jesus were making their presence felt. The apostles were unnerved by this. To date they had been warmly welcomed by the people as they travelled along and Jesus preached his message, but now the leaders of the Jewish Faith make their displeasure known.
In the first reading from Habakkuk, writing about 650 years before the birth of Christ, it is a similar situation. There are wars on all fronts; the people fear slavery, deportation or death. Their faith in God is shaken. But the prophet proclaims the same message of perseverance in the face of these many trials.
Likewise in our own day we are facing very difficult times as a country and in each household. We can ask ourselves; why is the Lord not answering our prayers? How come people are suffering? Jesus calls the apostles and each one of us to hold firm. Don’t fall away because of these testing times. Faith is ultimately about being of service to God and the community. Our faith will be rewarded. Remember that it is always easy to be a person of faith in good times, when we are enjoying the blessings the Lord sends our way; the real challenge to be a person of faith is when the Lord appears to be distant and challenges are presented instead. Let us pray for a faith that is outward looking rather fixated on itself.
Have a great week.
Today is our Church Day for Life. With threats to life now spanning from the womb to the elderly it is more important than ever to understand our Church’s respect for life. Please see the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter for today.