Luke 17:5-10 – The 20th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, October 2, 2016

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’” (Luke 17:5)

tree-2I’m a daydreamer. I’ll pass a person, overhear a snatch of conversation, or read verses in the Bible and my imagination is triggered. I am waylaid by the “what ifs.”

This happened with Luke 17:5-10. Why? Because when contemplating and praying about Luke 17:5-10, it frustrated the heaven out of me. What a muddled collection of verses! Here’s my summation of these six dreary verses:

  1. Jesus and his disciples are together.
  2. The disciples requested, “Increase our faith!”
  3. If they possessed even mustard seed-sized faith, Jesus proclaimed, they could hurl a mulberry tree into the sea for extra landscaping.
  4. And then Jesus mentioned how a good servant should act.

Unlike me, perhaps you are a faithful, scholarly type who comprehends the obvious truth of this whole and holy passage. Good for you. Go forth and save the world and/or toss a tree into the sea.

But I daydream. Continue reading →