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Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time


First Reading

Habakkuk 1,2-3; 2,2-4

How long, Yahweh, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry, 'Violence!' in your ear while you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing, why do you countenance oppression? Plundering and violence confront me, contention and discord flourish. Then Yahweh answered me and said, 'Write the vision down, inscribe it on tablets to be easily read. For the vision is for its appointed time, it hastens towards its end and it will not lie; although it may take some time, wait for it, for come it certainly will before too long. 'You see, anyone whose heart is not upright will succumb, but the upright will live through faithfulness.'

Psalmody

Psalm 94

Antiphon

Come, let us sing with joy to the Lord.

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.

Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

A mighty God is the Lord,
a great king above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his.

To him belongs the sea, for he made it
and the dry land shaped by his hands.

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us

for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert

when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.

For forty years I was wearied of these people
and I said : "Their hearts are astray,
these people do not know my ways."

Then I took an oath in my anger:
'Never shall they enter my rest.'"

Second Reading

2 Timothy 1,6-8.13-14

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess through the laying on of my hands. God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but share in my hardships for the sake of the gospel, relying on the power of God Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, look after that precious thing given in trust.

Reading of the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 17,5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith.' The Lord replied, 'If you had faith like a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea," and it would obey you. 'Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, "Come and have your meal at once"? Would he not be more likely to say, "Get my supper ready; fasten your belt and wait on me while I eat and drink. You yourself can eat and drink afterwards"? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, "We are useless servants: we have done no more than our duty." '

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Homily

"O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you 'Violence!' and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise" (Hab 1:2-3). These are initial words of the dialogue between the prophet Habakkuk and God. The situation in front of the prophet's eyes is marked by disgrace, pain, violence, fights, and conflicts; and God seems to not realize it, as if God were distracted or powerless. And yet, it was God's people that was living bitter slavery! The prophet asks himself, "until when," this situation will last.
The Gospel of Luke (17:5-10) opens with the apostles' prayer to Jesus, "Increase our faith!" Maybe it is the prayer that all of us should make in these times. We will hear Jesus respond, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you." (v. 6). Jesus seems to say that great faith is not necessary. Small faith is enough, although it must be faith, namely, faith in God more than in any other thing (career, wealth, party, clan, one's self). One only needs a "seed" of this faith; this is capable of even moving mountains. The confirmation is indicated in the final phrase of the Gospel section, "When you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done" (v. 10). Disciples are called to do their own duty to the end and say, "We are worthless slaves." For us, used to accolades and acknowledgements, these words sound truly odd. And yet, even in these can our faith in a new future be grounded.