We are inundated with offenses against human dignity on a daily basis: abortion, poverty, violence, embryonic stem cell research, pornography, euthanasia, etc. How do we deal with all this? That very issue was the subject of our readings this past Sunday.
God, do something already! In the first reading, Habakkuk fears the rising political power of the Babylonians as his native Judah descends into its own sins. He cries out to God for some relief, or at least some answers from God why He is letting this happen. God reminds Habakkuk that his faith is what will ultimately save him, and this requires confidence in His justice and patience in awaiting its execution. In short, we are not God, and His time is not ours.
Who, me?! The second reading from Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a stern reminder that we who have been enlightened by the gospel have a responsibility to it. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to act on God’s behalf, even in the face of the persecution we will surely receive. Psalm 95 further reminds us that when God calls, not answering is dangerous business. “This people’s heart goes astray; they do not know my ways. They shall never enter my rest” (Psalms 95:10-11). Apathy is not an option!
Yes, you. In the gospel reading from Luke, the apostles ask Jesus for an increase in faith. In response, Jesus takes the opportunity to remind them (and us) that faith is not for their personal profit or holiness, but rather for doing the demanding work of discipleship. Further, he instructs them that it is their duty to do it. Such work is only possible with faith and is the purpose of faith. What is God asking of you? Pray for an increase in faith, so you may respond to His will with action.
Catholicism 101. Every year, the first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday as proclaimed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As Catholics, we believe human life is a precious gift from God. Check out the USCCB Respect Life Program to learn more about pro-life activities, including justice and peace.