From the Word of the Day
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. (Luke 17: 10)
This parable is found only in Luke. In it, Jesus wants to teach us that our life should be characterized by an attitude of service. What does service mean for a Christian? Jesus Himself gave us the example when He said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10: 45). He presents Himself as a servant and shows us the way of those who have received the faith. Christians who have received the gift of faith in Baptism are called to serve God and their sisters and brothers. Christians who do not want to carry out this gift on the way of service become Christians without strength and without fruitfulness.
Service in imitation of Jesus is without pauses, without holidays, without pensions. It is never finished but involves one’s whole life. Jesus’ Mother Mary said to the angel: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word!” (Luke 1: 38). By recognizing herself as a servant, she receives Salvation in herself in order to give it to the world; she receives the Savior who makes Himself a Servant for love.
We too, called to service, generate in ourselves the Life of Christ to give it to others and then consider ourselves ‘useless’ and happy because we have done what we were supposed to do. This certainty works miracles on the road of service.
To be a useless servant means trusting God, believing that through my small contribution He can bring His Kingdom to the earth. Being a useless servant means forgetting what people may think of me and only thinking of being great in God’s eyes. In this way alone can I live in peace and experience the joy of walking in the truth.
The voice of Pope Francis
Laziness distances us from service and leads us to comforts and egoism. Many Christians are good, go to Mass, but do not live service. When I say service, I say everything: service to God in adoration, in prayer, in praise; service to my neighbor when I should do it; service to the end, because Jesus is strong in this: “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do’. Service is gratuitous, and asks nothing in return.