October 2, 2022

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17: 6) When you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” (Luke 17:10)

Today’s Gospel invites us to reflect on the importance of faith and the will of God. Saint Paul especially underscores the necessity of faith. We know it to some extent from our everyday experience. Faith is a gift of God. He gives it to us from birth to death, from baptism to anointing. It is a beginning of light and grace in our souls.

The will of God is also a gift of God. Thy will be done, we ask in the Lord’s Prayer, on earth as it is in heaven. Saint Eymard wrote: “Let the divine will of the moment be the pivotal point of your activities. Don’t precede the winds from Heaven; wait for them, and when they come, always be ready to do the will of God at the moment, prepared to leave everything aside when God wills it.” (A Thought for Every Day, July 20, page 85.)

We are all on a journey to our Father’s home. We need nourishment and strength. The Eucharist is bread and wine, the gift from Jesus, who gives himself to us so that we can give ourselves to him. We do so by giving ourselves to our neighbors, especially those who need help. It is not only about us but about Jesus and our brothers and sisters. We live in communion with Jesus, the saints and angels, and every human being.

Let us pray:

Father, increase our faith. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our eucharistic bread so that we can make our journey safely home. Amen.


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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.