Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; 1 Peter 1:25; Luke 17:5-10
All three readings focus our attention on the gift of faith and the strength it brings. After Habakkuk cries out to the Lord for help in the face of violence, ruin, destruction, and misery, the Lord responds by sending a vision and then calling him to wait patiently for its realization. “The just one, because of his faith, shall live,” the Lord concludes. Faith brings life.
Paul writes to his timid protégé Timothy, encouraging him to “stir into flame the gift of God,” a spirit of courage, energy, and action. This gift is rooted, Paul assures Timothy, in the faith that lived in his mother and grandmother and now lives in him. This gift will help him remain faithful to the gospel.
Jesus tells us how we get faith – by asking, and we do not need much of it to get results. Luke tones down Matthew’s moving a mountain to his own moving a mulberry tree. Then Jesus tells us how faith should flow into life: by our willingness to serve him in others. In short, ask for it, and then act on it.
How “on fire” is your faith? What can you do to get faith?