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02/10/2016 - 27th Sunday of. O.T. - C

02/10/2016 - 27th Sunday of. O.T. - C 

1st reading Ab 1,2-3; 2,2-4 * from Psalm 94 * 2nd reading 2Tm 1,6-8.13-14 * Gospel Lk 17,5-10

Before we start looking at what the word “faith “means, it interests us to know what do we understand by “living”. If living means living means scraping a living not serve us anything. And sadness will continue to imprison us. How do we transform our scraping in living? Scraping a living means eating, drinking, working and enjoying oneself without any scope, without arriving somewhere, without thinking of eternity, which is always at the horizon. Whoever scrapes a living always find excuses for his own egoisms, for the artificial things and the distractions of every type: he looks for them because without distractions he must reflect and think, and in here he has difficulty, lacking a base, a sure fundamental. Whoever scrapes a living often does not know how to give value to sufferings and arrives to desire that life finishes, if not to terminate life: he keeps the fear which might cause suffering to his children or parents. In order to live there is the need to be an aim, and not a transitory aim, a provisional one. He lives who has in front of him eternity, and in eternity, is the one who lives. For this reason the prophet says: “The just lives for his own faith”. The just is that who seeks to realize the holy and good will of God, God who loves men. However, to him faith gives him the possibility to be and to feel alive, present, capable, precious. Faith is being always in contact with God, keeping him present, relying on Him and appreciating the fact that God has faith in us. This attitude is the secret from which comes the “living”.

The Apostles speak with Jesus of their own faith. The Master spoke of the necessity of forgiveness, continuously: to them this seems impossible; they become aware infact that those who have faith can pardon, those who are sincerely motivated by the love of the Father, so much so as they want to part of this. However they ask: “Increase our faith”. It is a surprise: Jesus does not answer to their own request, but his own answer leaves alot of thinking, namely that it is not necessary for one to have alot of faith. On the contrary, it is necessary a small faith.. It is not he who must do something above this, it is not his faith if their faith is without fruit: that faith which you have must be operative, even if this is small. Faith infact is our means of support on the omnipotence of the love God. Do it without doubting, let God do it, live secure that He loves you and you will see miracles.

But Jesus continues to surprise his disciples. True faith is humble. Humility of the believe must overcome the trial. Do you try to see yourself as useless when you do your own job? Or else you feel proud of yourself, or try to find a sort of appreciation from the others when you try to obey God and to realize your own love? Your faith must bring into you humility, and your belief must make you ready to be a patient servant, without pretext. And so your faith must manifest that your own encounter with God is true. When you look for praise, when you expects recognition, when you pretend to be appreciated, then it is a sign that your own faith is only from the outside. What does God see in your own heart? If he sees these expectations, this impure attitude, you have to admit that He is not at the centre of your heart and that you are not even present to your own heart, even if you fill your mouth with his name. He, God, does not use his omnipotence for the hearts impure as these.

For this reason saint Paul exhorts his disciple Timothy, and as he exhorts us also, to make us remember that all that we are, all the interior richness that we have, we have received them as a gift from God. In order to maintain them love we must suffer, to suffer without lamentation. And it is by suffering that our witness to the Lord and his Gospel becomes efficacious and brings forth fruit. Faith helps us to live even wen we find ourselves in the difficulties of persecutions: it makes us rejoice regardless everything: “We are more fortunate than the blessed of heavens: used to say Saint Joseph Freinademetz, missionary in China, who was often persecuted, “because we can offer the sufferings of the Lord, while the others cannot do it anymore”!