At­ti­tude of a ser­vant

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Gospel Read­ing: Lk 17:7-10 JE­SUS said to his Apos­tles: “Who among yo u 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.’ ”

RE­FLEC­TION He did what was com­manded

Re­wards for the good we have done – this is what we nor­mally ex­pect. And it is some­thing that seems jus­ti­fied; af­ter all, even Je­sus says, “The la­borer de­serves his pay­ment” (Lk 10:7).

In the Gospel, how­ever, Je­sus

in­vites us to see the core of what it means to be God’s “ser­vant”: to do our task sim­ply with­out ex­pect­ing any rec­om­pense or thanks, as the para­ble of ser­vant­hood has pre­sented. It may sound de­mean­ing but, in­deed, ul­ti­mately, we are just “un­prof­itable” ser­vants, do­ing what we are sup­posed to do; we do not de­serve any­thing from God. And yet, in truth, God gives us lav­ishly – in­fin­itely more than we can ever work for and earn.

Look at your life and see how much you have un­de­servedly re­ceived from God.

SOURCE: “365 Days with

the Lord 2016,” ST. PAULS Philip­pines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail:; Web­site:

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