27th Sunday, C

On Faith and faithfulness

Luke 17:5-10

In the first reading, Habakkuk gives a discourse that all of humankind can identify with, "Where is God."  But he also gives a wealth of insight for the searching man: "Remain faithful and you shall see."

For this Sunday, let us reflect on the world of faith.  The gospel says, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, and say to the mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted', it would obey you."

Faith is an intense gift that opens our world to the Divine Master whom as of now we cannot see.

Three things in the world of faith I would like to address so we can better appreciate it:

First, faith in tagalog is also known as "pananalig" which means "I place my whole trust in You."  It represents the Filipinos' total and undivided love for God.

Second, faith is related with being "faithful" which is reflected in the first reading.  The real test of faith is when in our whole lifetime, we have remained "faithful" to the Lord.

Third, faithfulness has its fruits in genuine service to God and man.  It is reflected in my action and way of life.  Faith changes the whole of my being from living alone to pleasing the Master.

Have faith; be faithful; and faithfully serve.