Engaging Faith | Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]
October 2, 2016
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
October 2: Respect Life Sunday
October 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and International Day of Non-violence
October 2: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sunset
October 3: World Habitat Day
October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
October 5: World Teachers’ Day
… the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint.
- Habakkuk 2:3
It is to be hoped that hatred and violence will not triumph in people’s hearts especially among those who are struggling for justice, and that all people will grow in the spirit of peace and forgiveness.
- Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus
The Church … has always taught and continues today to teach a very simple axiom: peace is possible. Indeed, the Church does not tire of repeating that peace is a duty. It must be built on the four pillars indicated by Blessed John XXIII in his Encyclical Pacem in Terris: truth, justice, love and freedom. A duty is thus imposed upon all those who love peace: that of teaching these ideals to new generations, in order to prepare a better future for all mankind.
- Pope John Paul II, 1 January 2004
Where would we be today if certain women, men, young people, and also children had not arisen at moments when the human family seemed destined for the worst? They did not say: "Let things take their course!" Beyond the confrontations between persons, peoples, and spiritual families, they prepared a way of trusting. Their lives bear witness to the fact that human beings have not been created for hopelessness.
- Brother Roger of Taize
The search for peace is long and demands patience and perseverance! Let us keep praying for this!
- Pope Francis at the Angelus, 8 September 2013
The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.
- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 114
… until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples is reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence.
- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 59
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The readings today speak of the wonderful, positive power of faith in the midst of all kinds of problems and challenges.
- Habakkuk writes: “… the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint.”
- Paul speaks of a “rich trust that dwells within us.”
- Jesus says that if you have faith “the size of a mustard seed,” you can move a mountain.
In the midst of all our problems and the challenges of human relationship, God’s vision of healing and reconciliation still has its time.
The violence, of which Habakkuk speaks, has been made real in our generation in wars and acts of terrorism, in situations of genocide, in domestic violence, in so many forms of racism, and in all sorts of disputes. The war, the bombings, the ethnic clashes, and foreign interference continue in so many places – in Syria, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in the Congo, in so many places. Endless ethnic and economic fighting continues in many places in Africa. Wealthy nations and corporations continue to exploit and control. Extreme poverty continues in various parts of the world. Economic inequality increases dramatically. Ideological political disputes continue in US politics while the Congress cannot get things done. Personal attacks are part of public discourse. Racism continues. Distrust between policy authorities and minority populations continues to play out even as people make efforts at healing. We can easily feel discouraged. We can easily be disgusted with everything in our public life.
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