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Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 17:1-6): And 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.” Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.

Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.”

And 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.”

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!