(Twenty-seven Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 2, 2016.
To have faith in God means to believe that the power that is in him is also in us. Consequently, it means that what he can do, we can also do.
What is the power of God we make ours through faith in him? The power of God is the power to forgive those who offend him, the power to bless those who curse him, the power to heal the wounded, the power to free the oppressed, the power to restore justice to the victims of injustice, and the power to give life to the dead.
The power of God is accessible to all men through faith, so that “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6). These words are said in order to leave no doubt, whatsoever, about the absolute power of faith.
Aware of our own lack of faith, we may ask God: “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5) so that we may be able to share in his power and participate in his work.
To grow in faith means to grow in our commitment to do the works of God. It is the quality and degree of our commitment to faith in God that determines the extent of our participation in his power and the extent of our collaboration in his work.
The power of God, which is in you must spread like a flame
“I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have” (2 Timothy 1:6). We must spread the power to forgive our enemies like a flame, to bless those who curse us, and to bring new life to a world afflicted by injustice and oppression. “For God did not give us a spirit or cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)