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06 October 2013: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you had faith!

Jesus often uses dramatic language to make a point, “If you had the 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”. The disciples have no faith, rather the little faith they had, if exploited to its possibilities, can do outstanding miracles. Each of us is blessed with gifts and we are invited to use these many gifts to build God’s world. To take risk of faith is to clothe oneself with the power of God. It is the people of faith who let God’s power in the world.

Mustard seed faith

This week we are invited to see each human being through the eyes of faith. Each person is endowed with God given dignity, born to flourish in relationships with others and with God. We need to have eyes to see these truths: The Relational Poverty experienced by so many elderly people today. The Poverty of Parenting which undermines family life and even children’s health. And the Spiritual Poverty of those fed on an exclusive diet of superficial excitement that distracts people from pondering the deeper questions of life.

How does one survive institutional dysfunctionality today? Here is some advice from a Passionist priest from ‘The Tablet’. “Stay in control of your life,” he said, “Remember, no one can take away your pain, so don’t let anyone take away your joy”. I think Marilyn Monroe got it absolutely right, when she said “It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be absolutely boring.”