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Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 17:7-10): "When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” Jesus said to the Apostles: “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: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus Christ puts us in our place. We live in times when man frequently tries to take the place of God. For some centuries, the advances of science and technology have skyrocketed. That is good! The bad thing is forgetting God, thinking that we do not need any "god", that religions are a brake on progress or even that we are "god"...

- But, have we really made much progress? The 20th century has the highest record of murders and genocides! And the scandalous poverty that still exists in the 21st century? Progress? We are quite useless ... If, at least, we were servants of God...