Today our readings are about faith, frustration, and how much is enough. Habakkuk is a complainer having an argument with God. Timothy is encouraging a community challenged by cowardice and the apostles want more faith than they have. Things aren’t happening fast enough for any of them or for us. All of them and we want God to do something sooner rather than later and we want God to give us a reason to believe that it will all work out. What does God do? God puts it back on them—and us—telling Habakkuk to describe the world he wants; telling the apostles to do more than the expected. Doing more with less is a familiar phrase today and a reminder that a little faith may be enough even for the most difficult times.
MORE IS NEVER ENOUGH
Habakkuk is a complainer and he has lots to complain about. He sees what we still see in the world today: violence, misery, destruction, strife, discord. God’s response is not to intervene or to explain. God tells Habakkuk to describe, to imagine a world beyond the violence, misery, destruction, strife, and discord. The answer is given by Habakkuk in his vision of the world he hopes for. He must maintain faith in it for it to be made real.
The psalm reminds us that the world for which we long can only be made real if we do not allow the harshness and imperfection that surround us to harden our hearts. Timothy reminds his community and us that faith in the face of hardship, delay, and discouragement requires courage. The apostles don’t seem to have a lot of courage. They seem to be frightened and complaining, wanting more of what they hope will ease their struggle in a difficult world, more faith to sustain them during difficult times.
Also in this bulletin:
- Get Connected! Communications Forum Oct. 2
- Evangelization Retreat Oct. 15-16!
- We are called to form our Catholic Conscience
- Help feed those less fortunate. Donate to the Bethlehem Center as we approach the annual Breaking Bread Gala.
- Bethlehem Center’s Urban Revival set to open in October!
- Priests are on Retreat this week.