November 10, 2015 TUESDAY, 32ND Week in Ordinary Time
ST. LEO THE GREAT, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Wis 2:23 - 3:9 / Lk 17:7 – 10
[The Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon which defined that Jesus Christ was one divine Person with two natures, divine and human, was held during the pontificate of St. Pope Leo the Great (d. 461)]
Reading: Wis 2:23 - 3:9
Indeed God created man to be immortal in the likeness of his own nature, but the envy of the devil brought death to the world, and those who take his side shall experience death.
The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise they appear to be dead. Their going is held as a disaster; it seems that they lose everything by departing from us, but they are in peace.
Though seemingly they have been punished, immortality was the soul of their hope. After slight affliction will come great blessings, for God has tried them and found them worthy to be with him; after testing them as gold in the furnace, he has accepted them as a holocaust.
At the time of his coming they will shine like sparks that run in the stubble. They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever.
Those who trust in him will penetrate the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love, for his grace and mercy are for his chosen ones.
Gospel: Lk 17:7 - 10
Jesus said: "Who among you would say to your servant, coming in from the fields after plowing or tending sheep: 'Come at once and sit down at table'? No, you tell him: 'Prepare my dinner. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink; you may eat and drink afterwards.'
"Do you thank this servant for doing what you commanded? So for you. When you have done all you have been told to do, you must say, 'We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty.'"
We are all bondservants of God, our true Master. A bondservant is one who works without pay or wages; in other words, a slave. God is Creator and Lord of all. We are his creatures. We, Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, are his bondservants.
When we perform our duties and responsibilities as followers of Christ, we cannot claim anything. In other words, we do not earn our salvation. Salvation is God's free gift, a grace to us. For no matter how perfectly we perform our duties, we all still fall short of any earned merits. If one expects gratitude or recompense for the service he or she renders to God, then, his or her thoughts are not on the service or duty, but on what he or she can gain.
Consequently, a humble, obedient attitude of service goes a long way to increase one's faith. In summary, what Jesus is teaching us is that everything we do in service for God is our duty. When all that is commanded of us is done, we have not earned or merited anything. We are still unprofitable servants. Whatever reward we might receive is due to God's grace alone, not through any merit of ours, and what wonderful grace that will be, to hear the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Master." (Mt 25: 21).
In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, God assures us that "those who are faithful will live with him in love."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
VINCE L. SANTOS
IN MEMORIAM (+)
NG, CEN (FEB 13, 1917 – NOV 10, 2002)
For the thanksgiving and special intentions of Beny Chua.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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