Commentary for Sunday: 2nd October

Luke 17, 5-10:

Sunday, 2nd October 2022 (27th O. T. C)


“God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of fortitude, love and temperance,” St. Paul reminds us.

The apostles ask Jesus: “Increase our faith”, and He said to them: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed…”.

There are among us who call ourselves Christians many young and not so young people who, in certain environments, do not dare to bear witness to their faith, to their Christian commitment. It is as if they were afraid of others and are not able to publicly acknowledge what they profess. It gives the impression that at times they see this as a sign of weakness. There are even those who say the opposite for fear of “what people will say”.

This Sunday, the Word of God, in Paul’s letter to Timothy, calls us to “be strong, to stand up for the Lord”. The Spirit we have received is not for us to be cowards, but “to take part in the hard work of the gospel”.

Jesus tells us that with a faith like a mustard seed we could move mountains. But we are always in doubt. We have a weak faith and, moreover, it lacks quality. If we call Jesus our brother, our friend, why do we still lack confidence?


Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

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