Posted by: livingscripture | November 11, 2014

Thirty-second Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do’.”

 (Luke 17: 10)    

 

How should we live this Word ingresso

These words of today’s Gospel were not said by Jesus to humiliate us and make us feel worthless.  Instead, they are words of wisdom that indicate our true place before God and show us the way to true interior joy.  In fact, we all know that we are the Lord’s servants, but we sometimes take on attitudes of those who are ‘bosses’ and we act like the ‘servant boss’ who vindicates his ‘rights of authorship’,  expecting the merited recompense for his good service.

Those who are always waiting for some recompense from the Lord will never be satisfied.  They will never be content and will always want more.  Instead, those who know they are unworthy to be in the Lord’s presence and in His service and know they receive all from Him, consider any satisfaction received from Him to be unmerited, a pleasant surprise of His Love.

Perhaps a better translation would be, ‘we are servants without expectations.  We do not continually wait to claim some gratification from God, but do our work gratuitously.  Then our life will be full of beautiful surprises from God because God is never outdone in generosity!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God for calling me to be at His service and consider that an ample reward in itself. 

Lord, let me be Your servant without any pretensions, content only to be called to work in Your vineyard. 

The voice of the Apostle Paul 

What do you possess that you have not received?  And if you have received it, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?

 

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