Gospel Reflection for October 6, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

30 Sep

Jesus told the apostles, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 1Be uprooted and planted in the sea,1 and it would obey you.”

Luke 17.6

Jesus’ saying about faith insists that faith can command a sycamore to be uprooted from the ground and replanted in the sea.  Why transplant a tree in the sea?  The exaggeration makes the point―faith can do the impossible, the unimaginable.  “Faith can move mountains” is such a familiar saying we don’t notice the exaggeration.

Jesus’ saying makes a little fun of the wonder we often want our faith to do.  We may not want to uproot trees or transplant them where they won’t grow.  But we do want to uproot every danger from the paths of those we love, heal their every ill, transplant every pain, move seemingly immovable biases out of their way.

What experiences have you had of faith moving mountains or uprooting deeply rooted wrongs?

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