|First Reading: Hab. 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Second Reading: 2 Tm. 1:6-8, 13-14
Gospel: Lk. 17:5-10
How much faith is enough faith? Can we increase our faith by our own efforts? Isn’t faith a gift from God? In our gospel reading today, Jesus seems to be chastising the apostles for asking for more faith. Perhaps he knew the real reason for their request. Was it to be more important, to impress others, to gain a heavenly reward? Since faith is a gift, our all-knowing and generous God gives us exactly the amount of faith we need to be faithful. Jesus seems to suggest that a tiny bit, a mustard seed’s worth is sufficient. And, after all, being faithful is what it’s all about.
We often think that faith is about believing things, truths, doctrines, Church teaching. We think we have to have more faith because we have our doubts about some things. In fact, faith is about believing in SOMEONE, in God, in Christ, in Spirit. We have enough faith to be faithful to the Holy One who is always faithful to us. Instead of asking for more faith, let’s ask for the grace to be faithful to our calling as Christians to unity, love, service and mercy.