Awhile back, the angels guided me to post on the gospels on Sundays- with Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 17:5-10. – With a loving message and a channeled angel message.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied,
“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.
“Who among you would say to your servant
who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field,
‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’?
Would he not rather say to him,
‘Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink.
You may eat and drink when I am finished’?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded,
say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;
we have done what we were obliged to do.’”
Jesus taught by example. Though he often spoke of faith, it was how he lived it (and His Authority) that touched the disciples. He demonstrated that it was necessary to have faith to cast out demons, to be forgiven, to experience the healings of limbs and spirit, (to bring life back into someone that had passed away, to rebuke the winds and so forth). On a daily basis, the disciples saw the fruit of faith manifested int he life and ministry of Jesus. And so they blurted out, “increase our faith.” If faith was who Jesus was, they wanted faith; if faith enabled Jesus to do what he did, they wanted faith; if faith was the pathway to salvation and eternity with their Lord, they wanted faith. So they ask the only one they know to give it to them. Such a request could only come from those already imbued with substantial faith.
In reply, Jesus says that, “faith the size of a mustard seed” is all that is needed to do the impossible. But Jesus doesn’t stop there, in further response to their request for greater faith, he illustrates the concrete form that faith takes. And that form is service. His no-nonsense example presents a master who expects his servants to do their work without having to thank them for simply doing their duty. Discipleship is its own reward. Those who enter the vineyard can’t stand around waiting to be crowned with laurel. Faith changes us into servants who do what is necessary- love, give witness, repent and forgive- no matter how hard the task. And they do it giving nothing in return. [see reference below]
“Those that have faith in the Lord will shine brightly in this life and the next. Faith is what all disciples are given as a Spiritual Gift from the Most High, Heavenly Father. Faith is what is needed to approach God, to ask for forgiveness and to perform works of the Lord. Disciples of any nation, race and creed , are all faith-filled with the Spirit of God inside them- and this message is for everyone. For all are given the Spiritual gift of faith through the Holy Spirit of God. And so it is, Faith can move mountains- thus saith the Lord!” ~the angels
Reference: The Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word