Twenty-seventh Sunday, C
The upright man will live by his faithfulness (Hab 2:4)
The readings are about faithfulness (fidelity to God/fidelity to Jesus) and the fruit of this upright way of living – good works manifest as serving others in a selfless way. It is the gift of faith that compels us to serve and this is a sign of the Holy Spirit who, as Paul says, lives in us.
This mustard seed of faith could even uproot a tree, planting it in the sea. In other Gospels faith can move mountains. The idea here is the sheer power of faith is overabundant. But also, that our faith is connected with the natural world.
In Genesis chapter two we hear that humanity was formed out of the earth and that natural environment was a paradise. We also learn that sin, caused by infidelity to God, destroyed not only the relationship between Adam, Eve and God but nature itself is also cursed. Biblically, the disharmony in nature is caused by human sin. Another example are the plagues brought upon the Egyptians leading to the Exodus.
I used to belong to the Family of Mary. We prayed every day that the “the Holy Spirit [would] live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war.” This is from the prayer of The Lady of All Nations who gave messages about our times. She taught directly that moral degeneration leads to natural disasters. What we see in the world of natural disasters was foretold by her who warned that nature will change in our times. This is because we have become increasingly unfaithful and therefore, degenerate.
Of course, Our Lady has been warning us for over 100 years about our lack of faith. The alarming accusation that people are dying by Greta Thunberg and other activists who say we face extinction within 12 years is just mimicry of the Truths revealed by Our Lady – particularly at Fatima – who showed three young children that people are dying eternally because they have no faith nor love for God. Our Lady also warned of the possibility of the annihilation of nations if we do not repent. Climate annihilationism mimics warnings of the annihilation of our souls and the possible annihilation of nations.
What I wanted to say this Sunday is about the importance of our faith. Yes, the world is experiencing natural disaster, but this does not affect the world to come, nor does it impinge God’s ability to create anew. The thing we should be alarmed about is our lack of faith. The pews are emptying across the world and less and less people are entering into the mystery of Salvation that is the precious gift of the Sacrifice of the Mass. So, we pray in this time for conversion: that deeper conversion of ourselves, and the conversion of sinners that they may find Jesus.
It is alarming that we are facing a chastisement greater than ever experienced before, but Our Lady assures us that we can mitigate against much of this through our living faith in her Son – faith that compels us to serve one another and that has power before God to uproot trees, move mountains, bring conversion, to stop wars, and to bring true peace to our world.