The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your 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.
‘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 immediately”? Would he not be more likely to say, “Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself 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 merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”
Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sometimes life, including the life lived in faith, is experienced as sheer slog. And then when you get to the end of the present work or task there is just more of the same…
Our experience and the greaeter reality are not always the same.
Always we are surrounded by love, supported by love and care. Always.
But often we don’t experience that, at a particular time. The reason for that may be ours – disgruntled, we just listen to our own moans and groans; or maybe we just don’t know this greater truth. And sometimes it is possible we are being tested, being helped to mature, to learn to do the right things for the best reasons and not for instant gratification. When we don’t experience the love that is for all things, and in all things, that can make things hard.
But love helps us find the way… brings us through…
The demonstration of that, the proof of that, we find in Jesus Christ – in his faithfulness in mission even to death, and in the glory of the Resurrection.
- When did the clouds last lift for you? Why?
- What helps you keep on when they show no sign of lifting?
- And what if you cannot ‘keep on? What then?
Photograph (c) 2018, Allen Morris. Van Gogh. Digging. Barber Instotiute, Birmingham.