Vol: 46, No.53 27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 06 2019  
Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. (Esther 4:17)
Faith is a central theological concept that represents the correct relationship to God and ultimately the essence of Christian religion itself. Faith is a central and comprehensive designation for one’s relationship to God. Faith is also a beautiful gift from God to human beings. This is clear from the question that the disciples put to Jesus asking him to increase their faith. Jesus does not give a clear answer to their question. His words rather put the apostles immediately on the spot: The amount of faith is not important, but the kind of faith is, i.e., genuine faith. If it were no bigger than a grain of mustard, yet genuine, it would have wondrous power. It seems to imply that the faith of the apostles is not even the size of a mustard seed. What is the quality of our faith? Does our faith assist us in our need? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and give what prayer does not dare to ask. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Hoy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
In a vision Prophet Habakkuk cries out to God for help, and God responds by asking him to write it down. That the righteous shall live by his/her faith is a famous saying of Habakkuk).
A reading from the Book of Habakkuk (1:2-3; 2:2-4)
“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee ‘Violence!’ and thou wilt not save? Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.” And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (95)
Response: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
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