Vol: 43, No.53 27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 02 2016  

Faith is defined as belief,  confidence  or trust in a person , object,  religion, idea or view despite the absence of proof. Faith does not necessarily involve the abandonment of reason, but acknowledges more or less  consciously the fact that a proof is not possible in a given context. Faith within Christianity is based on the works and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christianity declares itself not to be distinguished by faith, but by the object of its faith. Rather than being passive, faith leads to an active life aligned with the ideals and the example of the life of Jesus. The Christian sees the mystery of God and his grace and seeks to know and become obedient to God. To a Christian, faith is not static but causes one to learn more of God and to grow; Christian faith has its origin in God.
In Christianity, faith causes change as it seeks a greater understanding of God. Faith is not simple obedience to a set of rules or statements. Before Christians have faith, they must understand in whom and in what they have faith. Without understanding, there cannot be true faith, and that understanding is built on the foundation of the community of believers, the scriptures and traditions and on the personal experiences of the believer. In English translations of the New Testament, the word “Faith” generally corresponds to the Greek noun pistis or to the Greek verb pisteuo, meaning “no trust, to have confidence, faithfulness, to be reliable, to assure.”
In the New Testament, faith is the comprehensive concept for the relationship between God and human beings on the basis of God’s saving activity for, in, and through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ preaching faith is a pre-condition for his miracles, for his cures, and for the forgiveness of sins.

After Easter faith is articulated as the acknowledgement of Jesus as the Christ of God through whom the human beings enter into a completely new relationship to God. This relationship is described as a new being in Christ, as participation in his destiny, as the unfolding of new possibilities of knowing, and as wisdom from above. Above all faith brings about the Justification of the sinner. Faith comes into being by listening to the Word of God.
Today’s parable revolves around a small farmer who has one slave who does both the field work and the household chores. The master would never say to the slave, “Come here at once and take your place at table” (Lk 17:7). Instead the servant would be expected to start preparing the master’s evening meal immediately after coming from the fields. Only after he had served the master could the servant tend to his own needs. The master would not thank the servant for doing what was commanded.
The disciples who listen to the parable are challenged to see that they are God’s servants and, therefore, even when they do all that is required they have done nothing for which they might expect to be rewarded. Disciples are thereby challenged to see themselves as servants. Even when the demands seem unrealistic, the servant is only doing what is required and expected.
In his miracles and teaching, Jesus aimed at creating in his disciples a complete trust in himself as the Messiah and Saviour of men. Everywhere he offered himself as the object of faith and made it plain that faith in him is necessary for eternal life and that refusal to accept his claims will bring eternal ruin. His primary concern with his own disciples was to build up their faith in him.
– AK
October 2016 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 3
03 Mon (G) Gal 1:6-12/ Ps 111:1-2, 7-10/ Lk 10:25-37
04 Tue (W) St Francis of Assisi (Brotherhood Day),
Gal 1:13-24/ Ps 139:1-3, 13-15/ Lk 10:38-42
05 Wed (G) Gal 2:1-2, 7-14/ Ps 117:1-2/ Lk 11:1-4
06 Thu (G) St Bruno (World Habitat Day) Gal 3:1-5/ Lk 1:69-70-75/ Lk 11:5-13
07 Fri (W) Our Lady of the Rosary, Gal 3:7-14/ Ps 111:1-6/ Lk 11:15-26
08 Sat (G) St Thérèse of Lisieux,
Gal 3:22-29/ Ps 105:2-7/ Lk 11:27-28
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