(Luke 17:5-10) As I was cleaning out a drawer the other day, I came across a packet of seeds that I’d picked up from a botanical garden we’d visited a couple of years ago. When I bought the seeds, I remember being so enthusiastic about going home to plant them, anticipating the beautiful flowers that would one day come up in my garden. But, alas, here sat the packet of seeds unopened and unused, most likely dried up to the point that they’d no longer produce. No matter how much I may have wanted or could imagine the flowers growing in my garden, it would never become a reality without my planting, watering, and weeding.
Our faith works in much the same way. It is an utterly free gift from God, but like the seed, it will remain dormant – its potential unrealized – unless it is nurtured. Sometimes we want – or even expect – results without having put in much effort. To simply ask God to increase our faith isn’t enough. We must help it to grow by listening attentively to His Word and by spending time with Him in prayer. When we allow faith to become active in our lives, the impossible becomes possible. Jesus says it could uproot trees, or even move mountains.1 What power! Not ours, but God’s. With faith, we tap into the power of our Creator.
This week’s Gospel reminds us that, as Christ’s disciples, we cannot be content to sit back and relax when there’s still much work to be done – both in our own lives and in the world around us. Despite all that we see – the lures of this passing life – we must keep our eyes fixed on eternity. Let us take this opportunity to “rekindle the gift of God that is within” us – to allow His grace to grow and flourish in our lives.2
– Kelley Holy
1 Cf. Matthew 17:20
2 2 Timothy 1:6