Faith and patience

Saturday of week 18 in Ordinary Time 

Matthew 17:14-20 

There is something from Habbakuk that talks about the prophets seemingly in doubt as to the ways of the Lord.  Why does it seem that the Lord is fully in control, yet, the evil persons continue their wicked ways.

The good prophet stated that he would wait patiently on the Lord for the answer.  The Lord indeed answered, "See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights, but the upright man will live by his faithfulness."

In today's gospel, it was Jesus who seemed impatient for the weakness of men, "How long must I keep up with you?"  in exorcising the sick son.  Then he gave a beautiful discourse on faith: "I tell you solemnly, if your faith were the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move; nothing would be impossible for you."

What we need are patience and faith.  These two go together.  Nothing is impossible with God.  But we have to wait patiently for answers.  The world may not change overnight, poverty may still be there.  But one thing is sure: with our constant conversion, we would not only find the right answers, we may actually be the Lord's instruments in curbing corruption, poverty, and sin.  We just need to wait patiently and continue to have faith.


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