Readings for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:1-10; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Habakkuk 1:1-4 & 2:1-4

“Increase our faith!” This was the apostles’ plea to Jesus. And it’s the cry of every Christian when life’s journey becomes difficult. What is faith? Where does it come from? How does it help us? Sunday’s readings address each of these questions.

Faith is not a personal quality we can possess. And so it can’t be measured the same way other things like time and money can be. Faith is a trusting and reliance upon God, that looks to Him for help and draws from Him the ability to do the impossible. Like forgive, and forgive, and forgive (Luke 17).

Faith is a gift of God, something He deposits into the bank of our hearts as a free and unearned gift. Jesus guards it for us as only he can, but we also must stand guard over it and work hard to pass this precious inheritance  on to our own children and grandchildren (2 Tim 1).

Faith in God and His promises is what guards us from despair in times when evil runs wild and justice is ignored. The only way to keep on is by faith (Hab 1,2).