"A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17: 5-10
"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."' The Gospel of the Lord.
Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy, draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
"Increase our Faith." As we prepare for Lectio Divina today, let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel today, the Apostles say to our Lord: "Increase our Faith" and our Lord replies to the apostles, by telling them how 'potent' is even a very small amount of what they are asking for (Faith) providing they believe in the power of this faith and act on that belief. The parable today, of the unprofitable servant leads us to a truth very 'near and dear to us', the power of the very simple mundane things of daily life, if done with faith. Let us ponder some of these 'keys' to acting in faith: The first; "prepare something for me to eat, put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink". Secondly; "You may eat and drink when I am finished" and thirdly; "We are unprofitable servants."
What can we learn from our Lord? Perhaps the first: To obey promptly what is asked and do it as He asks. Secondly, Trust his word, it puts you at peace. Thirdly, humbly acknowledge who we are before Him, this takes alot of pressure off of us.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Have Mercy on me, I love you Jesus