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Liturgical day: Sunday 27th (C) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 17,5-10): «Do you thank this servant for doing what you commanded? So for you. When you have done all that you have been told to do, you must say: ‘We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty’». 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.

»Who among you would say to your servant coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep: ‘Come at once and sit down at table?’. No, you tell him: ‘Prepare my dinner. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink; you can eat and drink afterwards’. Do you thank this servant for doing what you commanded? So for you. When you have done all that you have been told to do, you must say: ‘We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty’».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we receive a recommendation from Jesus that is not "politically correct." Because the "modern man", often, what he has of "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."