September 29, 2010 | 09:50 am

Wednesday - "Just do it”

After Jesus teaches on forgiveness those listening to him ask for an increase in faith. Yesterdays ruminations offered empathy towards the disciples for asking for more faith. As we continue reading the Gospel text for this week (Luke 17: 5-10) we notice that Jesus does not coddle the disciples by agreeing with them in their request for more faith. Instead Jesus says to them that faith is faith. One need not ask for more or less because faith, the size of a mustard seed, will compel you to act in faithful ways. Then Jesus has this anecdote about a worker who does what is expected. The worker need not expect special thanks, but instead the satisfaction of knowing they did the work they were supposed to do. So it is with faith. You need not ask for an increase of faith but instead act on the faith you do have. In other words, even a small amount of faith will compel you to act in a way that is right and good in the community. In the words of the Nike slogan, “Just do it.” (Check out this version of Luke 17: 5-10 for another perspective). -Jes Kast-Keat