On October 6th, we celebrated Sunday 27, in ordinary Time – Year C
God’s voice of hope in the Readings encouraged us to KEEP THE FAITH in face of hardships.
It is not unusual to hear people say how their faith is hanging on a thread. Maybe many of us feel the same way, depending on what we are faced in life. But we are not alone. The disciples of Jesus too, (according to our Gospel Reading Lk 17:5-10) at some point on their faith journey perhaps felt their faith was running thin, when they asked Jesus: “Lord, increase our faith”.
Usually, our faith is put to the test in times of hardships. During the trying times some people are even tempted to question if ‘God still cares’!
St. Theresa of Avilla, who had her own share of hardships, is famously quoted to have told God: “Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, it is no wonder you have only few of us”.
The Israelites, too, (according to our First Reading Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4), had their faith put to the test. Their complaint to God ‘for not listening to their cry’, and ‘for not intervening during the time of their distress’ seems to suggest their faith was being stretched to a thread. This was a difficult time in the history of Israel when the Babylonians invaded the Land of Judah, inflicting a great deal of misery upon the Jewish people. In the midst of suffering and panic, the Israelites felt as if God was not paying attention.
But God was listening. God’s voice of hope and comfort to the Israelites was: “Fear not, keep the faith, my help is on the way, and it won’t be late”. Today, God speaks to us with the same voice of hope and comfort as in times past. God assures us today, that his help is on the way and it won’t be late – that even when help from God seems to delay, let us be patient and wait for God’s perfect timing.
St. Paul, in our Second Reading (2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14), encourages us to bear our share of hardships with the strength which comes from God.
The takeaway is: whatever life throws at us, be it losses, pain, illness, and all other disappointments, let us not be afraid. Let us keep the faith. God’s help will not be late. AMEN.
Peace to you