Homily Twenty-seventh Sunday Year C Exercise faith

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Homily: Twenty-seventh Sunday Year C

Reading 1: Ever cry out to God and feel there was no one listening because nothing happen the way you expected? Is it because our insight and vision of the situation are limited. We don’t have the wider perspective of God, who sees, not only the present, but the future, in a present instant.

Habakkuk was aware of the situation of the Israelites at the time. There was the external threat of the Babylonians, who eventually conquered the Israelites and took many into captivity. There was the internal decay of the people as they continued to break their covenant with God and violated the Commandments. The prophet has been crying out to God but nothing has happened.

Finally, God responds, saying that Habakkuk’s understanding of the situation is limited. He invited him to see things through God’s eyes and timing. We don’t know what the vision or insight God revealed to the prophet. But the key phrase is the just man, because of his faith shall live. The prophet ends his writing by saying: even if the fig tree does not bear fruit, nor the vine bears grapes, and there is no sheep or cattle to provide for sustenance, even so I will rejoice in the Lord, who is my Savior. That is the bigger picture. We are called to have faith that God has a bigger plan and that in his time will accomplish it.

Gospel: Faith is increased by exercise. The tone of my muscles will increase through exercise. I become a better tennis player by practicing my serves. Faith is increased when we step out our comfort zones and exercise our faith through action. What is the action that Jesus indicates? Obedience to the will of God? What has God asked us to do? Be obedient, fulfill what is expected of us and see our faith increased.

When the apostles saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter cried out to come to him on the water. Jesus said, “Come.” Peter, looking at Jesus, stepped out of the boat and began to walk on water. He was putting his faith in Jesus to practice. But when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at this feet, he began to sink. Jesus saved him and said: “O you of little faith.” Later, Peter’s faith in Jesus increases, trusting and acting on his word. It was this that motivated Peter to say to the crippled beggar: “In the name of Jesus, stand up and walk.”

It is not the quantity but the quality and depth of our faith that is important.

The second part of the Gospel is when we act according to the will of God, remember that it is the power of God at work and not ourselves. We have done what is expected of us as servants of God, not as the source of the miracle. To him is the glory not to ourselves. Sometimes it is easy for us to be like the ant on top of the elephant. The elephant tramples through the forest and crushes everything in its path. It is so easy for the ant to say, how powerful am I, when in fact he did nothing except to ride on the elephant.

Reading 2: We have been given many spiritual gifts, when hands were laid on us in Baptism and Confirmation. They are present but need to be stirred up. This means acted on, exercised and used. These gifts will enable us not to be cowardly in face of temptations or questioning about our faith.

We have been given such a rich deposit of faith—God’s revelations, now we must put into practice our faith to keep it alive and vibrant. We can only do this if we recognize that it is the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us that enables us to step out in faith and do what God has called us to do in a given moment. Our faith is not to be just mere assent to revealed truths. Our faith is be evident in our lives as we step out of our comfort zones to allow God to use us to make a difference in the lives of others through our words and actions. If we believe in God’s love for us, we are to be signs of love to others.

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