A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 17: 7-10
Jesus said to the Apostles: " 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
REFLECTION: ' We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'
A servant should not expect praise for doing the work that they are supposed to do. God is love and everything we have is a gift from Our Father God who loves us. He created us . We are his servants and we are asked to serve him. God gives us his grace to do his will and it is our free will that accepts that grace to please God in the act of self giving.
Let us freely hand over ourselves to God, to rely on him for everything and to thank him for holding us steady. He never leaves our side, he is constantly caring and watching us. We thank him for filling our hearts with unlimited love and it is this love that is given to others.
We are asked to "go and make disciples of all nations". We are to work as if everything depended on us, but never forgetting that everything depends on Jesus. But we should never expect God to repay us for our good works--as the good servants we must be at our best, allowing God to use us.
PRAYER: I come before you to do your will. You know how difficult it is for me to separate myself from your gifts. I humbly ask Mother Mary, PAPA's patroness, to show me how to abandon myself in the hands of the Lord. AMEN