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The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted 7 Oct 2019, 02:44 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 7 Oct 2019, 02:44 ]
Increase our Faith!

At the beginning of today’s Gospel, the disciples cry out to Jesus: “Increase our faith!” Indeed faith is a central theme of our next few Sunday Gospels. Their plea comes after Jesus has just told them of the need to forgive, forgive, forgive, time after time. I think this is one of the things that we all struggle most with – something so real in our everyday lives and relationships which shows us how difficult it can be for us to really live and love like Jesus day by day. Most of us seem to find it much easier to take the moral high ground – I haven’t done anything wrong, why should I be the first to reach out etc, etc, etc…

Jesus’ approach is totally different. We are to be humble, to overcome our pride and to give to the other person the same generous and gracious forgiveness which God has shown us in the first place. That’s easy to say but very challenging to do! Which is why the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith, because they realise that they can’t do this in their own strength. Jesus is quick to respond – it’s not great faith you need (indeed faith the size of a tiny mustard seed would be enough to achieve miracles). What you need is faith in a great God! Faith is like a window through which you can see something – it doesn’t really matter whether the window is six inches or six feet high; what matters is the God that your faith is looking out on. If it’s the God who is our creator, redeemer and sustainer – the God who cares passionately about our world and who is concerned with the well-being  of every person, of all creatures – if this is the image of God that we hold in our hearts then we will be drawn to become more and more like him. And this will affect our relationships with others and also with the world in which we live. This month we are reflecting in a special way on how we as Christians are called to reflect God’s love for creation in our daily lives and choices. We should love what God loves! And this big beautiful world of ours is the apple of his eye, and so we too should cherish it and do everything we can to protect it. Help us, Lord. Increase our faith, Lord!

With warmest wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team