Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” And the Lord said, “If you have faith, even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, ‘Be uprooted, and plant yourself in the sea!’ and it will obey you.
Who among you would say to your servant, coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep, ‘Go ahead and have your dinner’? No, you tell him, ‘Prepare my dinner. Put on your apron, and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink afterward.’ Do you thank this servant for doing what you told him to do? I don’t think so. And therefore, when you have done all that you have been told to do, you should say, ‘We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty.’”
READ: The first reading exhorts the upright to per- severe in faithfulness. In the gospel, the Lord tells us that one who is faithful in his responsibilities has nothing to boast. To be faithful as servant is our call, hence, there is nothing special about our fulfilling it. In the second reading St. Paul urges Timothy to do his share of the work to labor for the gospel.
REFLECT: Why do we give our best in the things that we do? Why do we fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to us with our finest efforts? Why do we labor for God? For recognition? For reward? Or to please God? Real servants do their best to please their masters not thinking of anything in return or in exchange. They do their tasks simply because it is expected of them.
PRAY: Lord, inspire me to serve without counting the cost and without expecting any reward.
ACT: I will obey my parents command today with joy and will not ask for or receive anything in exchange.
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