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Sunday 06 October 2019: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you had faith!

Faith.  Image courtesy of pixabay.com...The notion of faith with which we are most familiar – knowing, through the authority of God, truths that would otherwise be beyond our grasp – is sound as far as it goes, but incomplete when compared with what the scriptures tell us about God’s gift of faith. The ‘faith’ that Jesus constantly referred to in the gospels was an openness to the coming of God in the miraculous signs he worked. God has been revealed, as the Scriptures constantly remind us, in the ‘great things’ God has done. The eternal Son was sent by the Father to bring about the final achievement of all. He ‘must suffer’ and ‘rise again’ he tells his companions as they press forward to Jerusalem; he looks forward to his ‘hour’, John’s gospel tells us. Though the mission of Jesus meets with resistance, and his followers are told they must expect the same, ‘faith’ will be their strength – the openness that recognizes - owns, finds new life in - what God has done for the world in the Saviour’s Paschal Mystery...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pixabay.com