An Increase in Faith

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In the first reading today, we begin St. Paul’s Letter to Titus. Here St. Paul talks about the qualifications for priests and bishops. In the Gospel reading today from Luke 17, the Apostles say to Jesus, “Increase our faith.” Interesting, isn’t it? I mean, here is a group of guys who have given up everything, family businesses, jobs, everything, to follow Jesus. And yet they still feel that they need an increase in faith.

Jesus tells them, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Now we know the reason Jesus chose the mustard seed is because it was the smallest of seeds. What does this say to us?

I like to think that I have a decent amount of faith. Like most, some days are better than others. Truth be told, there are so many places that I struggle. But I am comforted in knowing that even the Apostles felt this way. These men of great faith knew that you could never have enough. And so my prayer today, for me and for you, echoes theirs.

Father, increase our faith. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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