Oct. 7: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Bible moralisée, Habakuk, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1465

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Second Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Gospel: Luke 17:5-10

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen (NRSV, Habakuk 1:2)?

Let us pray.

So often, Father, we cry out with the prophet Habakuk lamenting the violence and oppression around us and plead for deliverance. Do we not realize that a share in divine life and great power has been given to us, if only we will recognize it and use it? To call out in misery and to beseech deliverance only leave us paralyzed in the face of the evil and suffering around us. Rather let us ask ourselves what it is that we must do that the present situation, instead of being curse, may be transformed into blessing for ourselves and others. Then the life and power given to us, and truly ours, will be unleashed. Healing and vindication will radiate out from us. If only we have faith and hope!

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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