Sunday, October 2, 2016

How deep is Faith?: 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


Faith—faith is a central word as Christians
·      Several weekends ago I preached about faith
·      And here again we hear the same word
o   The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”  (Luke)
o   “…the just one, because of his faith, shall live.”  (Habakkuk)
·      Faith is like a thread in the quilt of our belief
This weekend I would like to speak of how God teaches us about faith
·      First, let us leave some of the unbelievers of God or religion or church with other words
o   Superstition
o   Unintelligent
o   Hocus pocus
o   Something less with science
o   There is betting reason
o   False…false…false…false…false
·      Our faith is different with these different positions
1.)  Our Catholic Church is both faith and reason
·      Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.”
·      St. John Paul II, one of our brilliant man in the 20th century in our world
2.)  Listen to God of what faith is
·      Jesus said: “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.”
o   Faith is stronger than our own reason
o   God is smarter than any human person
·      For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.  The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.”
3.)  And how does God show us about our Church?
·      For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord.”
What is faith?  Study it…pray for it…learn it…share it
·      That is one way to grow in our Catholic Church to really see and think for the central belief and beautiful thread of God’s quilt of our lives

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