“Lord, Increase Our Faith”
This weekend’s Gospel (Luke 17:5-10) begins with the Apostles telling Jesus to increase their faith. Their request for more faith only makes sense when we look at its context.
Just before the Apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith, Jesus says: “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him. And if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and he says he’s sorry seven times, “you should forgive him”. And that’s when the Apostles say: “Lord, increase our faith.”
The Apostles can’t believe that forgiveness should be given so frequently. But Jesus insists that we must always be ready to forgive…just as God always forgives us. Forgiveness is the mark of a true disciple! And it's a requirement for all of us who are on The Way.
God has given me countless second chances. How many second chances has God given you?
Today’s Gospel concludes by reminding us that we are disciple/servants. We should not expect special treatment for doing only what is required of us.
What is required? Three things. Love God and others as God loves us. Forgive each other as God forgives us. And especially care for the poor and those living on life’s margins.