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Lean on Me!

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
Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2,6-9; II Timothy 1:6-8,13-14; Luke 17:5-10

Sermon Week Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 17:6

There is a beautiful allegory in which "Knowledge" is depicted as a robust and handsome knight -- making his way over a vast expanse of earth...

With each step, he tests and makes sure of the ground beneath his feet.

Beside him and just above the ground moves the white-winged angel, "Faith." Side by side, they go until they come to the edge of a vast precipice. Here the path stops suddenly, and Knowledge can go no further. But the white-winged angel, Faith, rises majestically from the ground and moves on across the chasm, leaving her companion behind.

That is the way it is for so many of us. We find ourselves at the end of the road, so to speak, and can go no further. We can go no further until we discover a lively faith in the Gracious God who is always with us, side by side. We find ourselves at a dead-end until we surrender our worldly Knowledge and rise to the call of the gracious God who is always ready to lift us up and carry us across the chasm of doubt and despair.

We become paralyzed as we stand at the precipice, ready to take flight. But without wings of Faith, we're grounded! It is then that we need to echo the plea of the Apostles in today's Gospel Lesson and say, "Increase our Faith!"

In the early days of World War II, King George of England delivered a radio address to the world in which he recited a few lines of poetry:

“And I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better than light and safer than the known way.’"

In other words, walk by Faith and not by sight. Put yourself in contact with the Divine Mind and the Divine Will -- the Great Unknown.

If you put your trust in your connections with the known, [...]

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