(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, October 2, 2016)
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the midst of crises among young people in our Islands, we can often feel a sense of helplessness. We can even wonder where God is. And so we can sympathize with the frustration of Habakkuk in today's readings. "How long, 0 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".
The second reading from St. Paul's letter to Timothy tells us to stir up the flame of our faith, for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, rather power and love and self-control. It’s a question of living out our faith in trust and patience.
In today's Gospel, Jesus is even more demanding of His followers than His Father was with Habakkuk. When His disciples beg of Him to increase their 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." In other words, stop complaining and do your work.
All followers of Christ are meant to live by faith. As Catholic Christians, we believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist that we receive each week or even daily. Today is a good Sunday to fan that flame of faith in us by reciting every day, either privately or with our family, the Holy Rosary. October is the month of the Rosary. This is also "Respect Life Sunday" in which we make reparation for the millions of innocent children who have died through abortion.
0 Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
beg God to show us His mercy
for these sins against His love.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor