1. Hab1:2-3,2:2-4
2. 2Tim1:6-8
Gospel: Luke17:5-10

                                      " Lord increase our faith"

There is this story of a young boy and a passenger in a sailing luxury ship. The ship was nearly sinking because of a very strong typhoon. Everybody was in panic, grabbing life jackets and lifeboats from each other. Meanwhile, the young boy was sitting in a small chair as if nothing took place. He enjoyed watching the big waves. One adult passenger approached him and asked: " Boy, it seems that you don't mind what is happening? Don't you know that few minutes from now we are going to sink? " Excuse me, sir," the boy answered. " The captain of this ship is my father. And because he is my father, I trust him. Why am I afraid?"

The parable in the gospel does not talk to us about a picture of God but this presents to us the kind of attitude we have for our God in our journey of faith: first is believing just a little; second is trusting in the Lord and third is serving as a duty.

Faith can be looked into main three dimensions: faith as believing, faith as trusting, and faith as obeying/doing. I don't know if this is a coincidence that when we make sign of the cross, we touch our fore head when we say, ' in the name of the Father,' it is because we know something about our God that is why we believe in Him. We know Him, even in a very limited way, by reading our Bible, listening to homilies, knowing the doctrines and dogmas of our catholic faith, when we read spiritual writing and many more.

What about when we say,  ' and of the Son?' We touch our hearts because we trust in Him. Prayer is showing our trust in Him. Worship is another thing that we show our trust in God. Worship brings pleasure to God because prophet Jeremiah says: " The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust in his love,"( Jer1:5). Anything we do that brings that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. However, worship is not for our benefit. It is because I heard so many of us saying, after they had attended Mass, that they got nothing out of it. For example the choir is not good, the sound system is not good, the priest is boring and so on and so forth. Are we worshipping for the right motive or are we worshipping for the wrong reason. Worship is not for our own benefit. We worship not for our own joy but for the joy of God. We worship not to please ourselves but to please God.

Let us ask ourselves that if this is the case, then what belongs to us? if you can recall the gospel passage when the seventy two disciples return from their mission they rejoiced of their success. But Jesus said to them that they should not rejoice because of their success, but they should rejoice because their names are written in heaven. ( Luke 10:17-20). This is what we can have and this is what is most important.

When we say , ' and of the Holy Spirit,' we touch our two shoulders from left to right because we want to serve.  Have you ever come across these sayings?: " use things and love people" and not vice versa. Or shout at animals and talk to people" and not the other way around. It is because there are those especially who well of that they shout at their drivers, maids, employees however, they talk softly to their dogs and other pet animals. We are actually created, saved, called and commanded to serve God. Our purpose of being created by God is not to consume resources like: to eat, to breath, and to take up space. God created us to make difference with our life. We are not in this world in order to get the most out of life as many best-selling books had said and advised. This is not the reason why God made us. We are purposely created to add life on earth and not just take from it. God wants us to give something back. Let us look at it in details from the Purpose of Driven life ( pp.227-231) by Rick Warren. Rick Warren says that and will add:

We are created to serve God. We are created for a life of good deeds which He has already prepared for us to do( Eph 2:10b). The good deeds are our service. Whenever we serve others in anyway, we are actually serving God ( Matt 25:34-45).

We are saved to do His holy work not because we deserve it, but because that was His plan (2Tim1:9). We are saved for service. We serve God out of deep gratitude for what he has done for us. We owe him our lives. Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning and our future is secured. If we have no love and desire to serve others then we have to ask if Christ is really in our hearts. A saved heart is one that wants to serve.

Have we ever asked ourselves this question that  why God doesn't just immediately take us to heaven  the moment we accept his grace? Why does he leave us in a fallen world? He leaves us here to fulfill his purposes. Once we are saved, God intends to use us for His goals. God has a ministry for you in His Church and a mission for us in the world.
We are called to serve God. Being called by God is not only being clergy, pastors and religious, however, every Christian is called to serve ( Eph4:4-14). Regardless of your job or career, we are called to full time Christian service. A non-serving Christian is a contradiction in terms. If we are using our God-given abilities to help others, we are fulfilling our calling.

We are commanded to serve God. Jesus says: " Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the messiah, did not come to be served but to serve and to give life.....(Matt 20:28). For us Christians, service is not optional, something to be tacked onto our schedules if we can spare  the time. It is the heart Christian life. Jesus came to "serve" and to "give" and these two verbs should define our life on earth too.

Thus when we make the Sign of the Cross, we  say: " I believe," by touching our head;  " I trust," by touching our hearts; and " I serve" by touching our two shoulders from left to right.  Mother Teresa once said: " Holy giving consists in doing God's work with a smile."

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