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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 17:5-10): "Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'" The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

"Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here immediately and take your place at table'? Would he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'"

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we receive a recommendation from Jesus that is not "politically correct." Because often, what the “modern man” has that is “modern” is his arrogance. Too often we displace God by putting ourselves in his place. We are never as useless as when we irreverently usurp the face of God!

- It is very good for us to repeat "we are useless servants." That's pretty much the truth! And then, from the recognition of our uselessness, we will understand the need to ask the Lord: "Increase our faith."