This week the readings come from Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Psalm 95; Paul’s second letter to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; and Luke’s Gospel 17:5-10.
Faith is the common factor throughout all the readings. Beginning with Habakkuk telling us that the Lord say that the just one because of their faith will live. Even though there are woes in the world violence and hatred those that have faith will be safe. This was an important message that is still debated today “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We all call to the Lord for help and often time our prayers are unanswered but we need to keep the faith. This idea is continued in the Gospel where we have a Mustard seed come up again. The Mustard seed is one of my favorite images in the Gospels as it is the small seed that can grow into a great size. This is especially true with each of our faith lives sure we all have doubts about our faith, like those Habakkuk is talking to we cry out the woes of the world and hope that the Lord will do something but all to often it doesn’t happen the way we want it to. This is Jesus echoing the keep the faith idea. Now the second half of the Gospel is just as interesting we are asked who among us would tell a servant who was coming in after tending the field/sheep to come sit at the table with them but would rather ask the servant to serve them and let them eat later. We should respond to what we are commanded to do with “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” It’s like the Alexander Pope quote “Act well your part for there all honor lies” we do what is expected of ourselves and good will come from it.