1st READING (Habakkuk 1: 2-3, 2: 2-4)
THEME: The upright main will live by his faithfulness.
2nd READING (1st Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14)
THEME: Never be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord.
GOSPEL (Luke 17: 5-10)
THEME: If only you had faith!
The first reading and the gospel of today all center on one
thing, which is Faith. Before I go on with this reflection, I will like to explain
the word “FAITH”. According to Hebrew
11: 1-2, “To have faith is to be sure of the things hoped for, to be certain of
the things we cannot see. It was by faith that the people of ancient times won
God’s approval”. Faith simply means believing totally in the omnipotence of God.
The second reading centers on growing the gift God has given you.
In the first reading, God spoke through prophet Habakkuk,
“See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rest, but the righteous man will
live by his faithfulness”. This means that faith brings peace and those who
don’t have faith have no peace of mind, they flag around in confusion. Always trust in the Lord, come what may!
In the second reading, Paul said, “I am reminding you to fan
into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God’s gift
is not a spirit of timidity, but the spirit of power, and love and
self-control”. Each of us have a gift from God, some people have discovered
theirs and are really growing it, some are yet to discover it while some have
discovered theirs and allowed to die off. Some have the gift of good voice,
counsel, teaching, prayer, etc. Discover
your gift and make maximum use of it. It is not to make use of it, rather
use it to the glory of God, because many are using their but not to the glory of
In the gospel Jesus said to his disciples, “Were your faith
the size of a mustard seed you could say to the mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and
planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you”. This means we can achieve anything
we want through faith. The people of old obtained God’s approval through faith.
Abraham had faith in God when he promised him to give a son even though he was
too old. He trusted God to keep his promise, and God never disappointed him.
SIMPLY TAKE YOUR WORRIES AND PROBLEMS TO GOD IN PRAYER AND HAVE FAITH IN HIM
AND HE WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT YOU.