The Sunday Mass readings for the 28th and 29th Weeks in Ordinary Time reveal the saving power of God, as we witness faith-based responses to situations that cause suffering or require great effort. Four significant realities come into light: faith is unchained, dependence on the word of God sustains, endurance is necessary and prayer is essential.  

Unchain the faith  

The healing power of God has no limits nor conditions. We read in the Second Book of Kings (2 Kgs 5:14-17) and in the Gospel of Luke (17:11-19) two stories of healing, in each case those with leprosy. Acknowledging alienation accompanies those with leprosy, these healings were rooted in faith. Naaman, the army commander we hear about in the 2nd Book of Kings, as well as

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