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Increase Our Faith

Were your 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) Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The late Dr. Scott Peck was the author of the best-selling book "The Road Less Traveled." As a psychiatrist, Dr. Peck spent a great deal of time working with patients in a large psychiatric hospital. He wrote that he discovered in his practice an almost universal apathy: a lack of interest; no desire to ask questions; no desire to seek the new and to grow; "no taste for mystery," as he put it. He said that if he could cultivate in the patient a willingness to question, and to search and to grow, then there was some hope. But if not, he saw little reason for hope.

As Christians, our questioning and our searching and our growing into the kind of persons we are meant to be can draw us closer to God than ever before, because Christ is risen! In our pain and suffering, in our loneliness and discontent, we can draw closer to God than ever before, because Christ is risen! Our doubts and fears can be transformed by the risen Lord as we identify with His wounds, just as He identified with ours when He gave His life for our salvation.

In one of his plays, Tennessee Williams portrays a mentally ill woman who is sitting at a card table set up in her garden, working a jig-saw puzzle. She is extremely tense. Her hands are shaking. She tries to force the pieces together but they don't fit. Some of the pieces fall off the table. The woman becomes more and more agitated. Finally, she looks up at her daughter and says poignantly, "The pieces don't fit together! The pieces don't fit!" [...]

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