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This coming Sunday’s gospel reading – Luke 17:5-7 – talks of tiny amounts of faith, faith as small as a seed, which can accomplish so much in the world. A little context is helpful here. The verse before talks of the necessity to forgive someone, and to keep on forgiving them. On hearing this, the disciples ask for their faith to be increased.
It is a hard task to forgive, and maybe the disciples think they need vast amounts of faith to be able to do it. These verses are difficult to understand, to see how they hang together. Perhaps Jesus’ answer suggests that, if they have any faith at all, it is enough. His story of the servant and the master may follow on from the same train of thought. The work of forgiveness is an everyday necessity for the follower of Jesus. Everyday work does not require special…
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