Fr Thomas’ Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Faithful, Be a Powerful Agent of the Kingdom of God

In an interview, one of the participants compared her faith with that of another and said, “My faith is modern, unlike hers which is old”.  Is there a ‘modern’ and ‘old’ faith?  There are people who are happy to accommodate what is trendy in the society in the name of becoming modern.   This could include moral matters on which the so called progressives differ from the traditional teachings of the Church.   But know that being trendy does not justify lack of passion for Church’s teachings.

What is faith?  You may hear people saying, “I believe that there is God”, just an impassionate statement.   Belief in an inanimate idea or formula is not the kind of faith Jesus speaks about in the Gospel.  Real faith can never be passive.  Faith is explosive!  It is a personal commitment to Jesus.  Faith is an active witness to the Kingdom of God.  There are role models of faith-filled people in our history we can learn from.  For Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop, Christian faith was not a formula she believed in.  Her faith found expression in educating children and helping the poor.  Saint Teresa of Kolkata was challenged by her faith to dedicate her life for the dying and the abandoned people in the streets.

Christian faith is more than a discipline of devotional practices.  Real faith causes change; it could be a personal conversion or a transformation in the world around you.  Christian faith recognises God’s goodness in oneself as well as in others.  The more you show God’s goodness to others, the greater your faith will also be.  As the faith increases, our hope and joy also will increase accordingly.  A faith- filled person would be a powerful agent of transformation like St. Francis of Assisi, St Peter Chanel, St Teresa and other saints who changed the face of the world around them.  Pray God for increased of faith so that you may become a powerful agent of the Kingdom of God.