October 1, 2016
27th Sunday - C
“Lord, Increase Our Faith”
In Chapter 16 of his gospel, Luke records a number of challenging teachings from Jesus. He warns the Pharisees for putting their reputation and human esteem before God. He affirms the validity of the law, that ““It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for the smallest part of a letter of the law to become invalid.” He assures the validity of marriage and equates divorce and remarriage with adultery. He also teaches the two parables of the cunning steward and the rich man and Lazarus, which we listened to these past two Sundays.
Then, Chapter 17 begins with Jesus’ condemnation of those who “cause one of the little ones to sin.” He also demands that his followers forgive one another even to seven times a day.
After hearing all these challenging and demanding teachings, the Apostles implore the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 
The way of Jesus is not easy.
Have I come to realize that I cannot follow the way of Jesus by my own efforts?
Think of the time in your life that, like the Apostles, you felt the need to ask God to increase your faith.