Getting Honest About Doubt (Heretic’s Guide for Oct 6, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)

First Reading
Lamentations 1:1-6
Judah has been invaded and captured by the Babylonians. The citizens of Judah fled and abandoned the city. This is a poem, personifying the city as if it were an abused and neglected woman.

3:19-26
In affirmation of the hope still found in God, despite present circumstances.

and
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
The Oracle is crying out for relief from their captors. It seems that there is no end in sight to the suffering, and God seems far away, to not be answering their cries for reprieve. Finally done responds, promising that the end will come, that the faithful will prevail and that ultimately, the proud have no ground to stand on.

Psalm
Psalm 137
The psalmist is being held captive by the Babylonian occupiers and forced to sing the songs of the people of Jerusalem for their entertainment. He vows never to forget the stories of Jerusalem or the God of that land, and rejoices in the idea that, someday, his captors will get what is coming to them.

Psalm 37:1-9
A Psalm of warning not to be jealous of those who prosper by unjust means. Their days are numbered, and those who persist in their faith will find the rewards that they deserve. This all must also warns of lapsing into evil or vengeful thought.

Second reading
2 Timothy 1:1-14
A letter of encouragement for Timothy from Paul, who writes with hope and courage even while in prison. Timothy seems to be struggling with a crisis of faith of some kind, and Paul is trying to help remind him of where his strength comes from: his faith in God, inherited from his parents.

Gospel
Luke 17:5-10
The disciples asked Jesus to help them strengthen their faith, to which he says they only need a minuscule amount in order for it to take root within them.  Rather than worrying about growing their faith, be directs them to do with the event called to do as servants of the gospel commandments, with faith that God will take care of the rest. 

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