For 6 October 2013, 27th Sunday of the year, based on Luke 17:5-10
The apostles said to the Lord, â€œIncrease our faith!â€ The Lord replied, â€œIf you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, â€˜Be uprooted and planted in the sea,â€™ and it would obey you. â€œWho among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, â€˜Come here at once and take your place at the tableâ€™? Would you not rather say to him, â€˜Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drinkâ€™? 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, â€˜We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!â€™â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.