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Luke 17:5-10

The Word of God

The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' The Lord replied, 'If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you. 'Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, "Come here at once and take your place at the table"? Would you not rather say to him, "Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink"? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, "We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!" '

Luke 17:5-10
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    • I join the apostles and pray insistently, 'Increase my faith'. I listen with the same openness and wonder to Jesus' encouraging reply as I look at the quality of my faith: it's enough for my faith to be as small as a mustard seed!
    • While it seems obvious that the servant eats only once the master has been served, at the Last Supper Jesus did just the opposite: he insisted on washing the feet of his disciples. Then he called the his friends. I ask for the grace to have the freedom to see myself as the worthless servant trying not to be superior to his master.
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    • Jesus draws attention to the greatness hidden in something tiny. We too are tiny, but God empowers those who truly follow him to do great things. God can work through us, beyond all our hopes and dreams, when we do not get in the way.
    • Lord, you fill me with your unlimited love, and you invite me to share that love with a needy world. Let it be my joy to do that. That is my greatness, to serve in love. And the opportunities are endless.
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    • Jesus warns us against the seeking credit for our good deeds. Saying, 'I have done only what I ought to have done' tests our humility. Saint John of the Cross advises that a test of the truth of our humility is to imagine somebody else saying what we 'humbly' admit; can I agree or do I become indignant?
    • As I spend time in prayer, God draws my attention to my life and hopes and my faith becomes stronger as I learn to trust in God and in myself.
    • I pray that I may know what I ought to do and I ask God to give me the strength and the courage to do it.