Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 7, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
A reflection on today's Scripture:
A common topic of conversation these days is the inability or the unwillingness of world leaders to do much about the violence that flows from ethnic and religious hatreds. As a result, we are experiencing general frustration and helplessness. We end up blaming everyone in sight, and, of course, even God becomes the target.
In this Sunday's first reading, the prophet Habakkuk lashes out at God who seems to be deaf. "How long, O Lord? I cry for help, but you do not listen!" The prophet is angry as he watches the steady growth of the Babylonian Empire which threatens to swallow up Israel.
After listening for a while to this outburst, God answers Habakkuk. He tells the prophet that His divine plan is all mapped out in His mind. "The vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint." He says, in effect, just be patient, don't be so rash, and stir up your faith in Me!
In today's Gospel, Jesus is even more demanding of His followers than His Father was with Habakkuk. When His disciples beg of Him, "Increase our faith," He emphasizes first their need for humility. He shows them what He means by comparing them to servants. "When you have done all that is commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done only what we were supposed to do.'"
Now, that takes humility!
As for their need of faith, He tells them that real faith is so powerful that a man of faith could demand of a tough stubborn mulberry bush, "Be transported into the sea, and be planted there," and it would happen!
It's that kind of faith that St. Paul was trying to fan into a flame in his faithful disciple, Timothy, in today's second reading. Read it carefully. It's great advice for us, too. In fact, read all three of the Scriptures again after today's Mass. When we complain to God in our pain and misery, He's urging us to greater patience, humility and faith.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore-
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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