Sermon Thoughts – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C
“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.”
Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord,
What was your though when you heard the Gospel text? What memories and feelings have come up in you?
Did this statement make us thoughtful? Is our faith, really so little, that has not even the size of a mustard seed? Are we really that much bad and inconsistent in our faith towards God?
Do we need a “faith – strengthening” as the Apostles?
Yes, maybe some of us!
We always consider faith as the possession of “the truth”, as some predefined structure, and that gives everything “the correct answer”.
Faith is but quite different. Faith doesn’t serve readymade answers; it doesn’t offer the safe soil. Faith is trust in God. Faith is to endure open-ended questions. Faith helps one, to put his questions to God: e.g. the question Why? Why suffering? Why this misery on earth?
We as human beings can not move mountains. Only God moves mountains. But we can develop a belief that encounter with people, being with people on their way of life and gives them strength and confidence. Thus we can move their hearts…change them towards God.
We can then learn with the faith that our world has much wrong; so much hunger, war and violence which do not match to our world that should be.
We can then learn with the faith that we do not fear the future and discouragement, but can develop confidence in the future because we have Our God who is with us.
We can then learn with the faith that we do not feel small before God, but have the courage to ask questions and to endure.
We can then learn with the faith that we tackle life as the servant of the Gospel.
Let us descend from the mountain of our selfishness and ask God for it.
Just as the apostles prayed:
„Lord, Increase our faith.“
That is not a shame on us, but more than that we are praying for his Presence in our lives. We are accepting His mightiness that succeeds every power of the universe.
That does not make us poor and weak, but make sharers in His richness and strength. Let us pray humbly, “Lord, Increase our Faith”.
God bless us. Amen!
- Fr Thomas Kalathil