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Liturgical day: Monday 32nd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 17,1-6): The apostles said to the Lord, «Increase our faith». And the Lord said, «If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: ‘Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea’, and it will obey you». Jesus said to his disciples, «Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who has brought it about. It would be better for that one to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around the neck. Truly this would be better for that person than to cause one of these little ones to fall.

»Be careful. If your brother offends you, rebuke him and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in a day but says to you seven times: ‘I'm sorry’, forgive him».

The apostles said to the Lord, «Increase our faith». And the Lord said, «If you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree: ‘Be uprooted and plant yourself in the sea’, and it will obey you».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today the apostles ask for the best that God can be asked for: - Increase our trust in You. The history of Christianity shows that Jesus' response was not exaggerated: the faith of Christians has stirred empires and raised cathedrals. The attitude of faith - that is, of trust - is very human. Otherwise, based on what are friendships forged, marriages celebrated, companies created...? Nothing works without confidence.

- Why is so strange trusting in God? It is true we don’t see him: another reason to live on faith. God is God, he is not a soccer referee!