08 November 2016
Tuesday, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Ti 2:1 - 8, 11 – 14 / Lk 17: 7 – 10
From the Gospel Reading: 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 can eat and drink afterwards.' Do you thank this servant for doing what you commanded? So for you. When you have done all that you have been told to do, you must say,: 'We are no more than servants; we have only done our duty.'"
In this Gospel reading, the Lord teaches us the important attitude of humility – to render humble service as a way of life. It is a great temptation for us, well-meaning Christians, to become proud once we experience success in our business, work, career, even in our parish ministry. The praise we receive from people for a work well done gets into our head and we feel an exaggerated self-importance and over-confidence. It is more evident when we are blessed with financial success or promotion where we experience power over our subordinates and the self-sufficiency that goes with financial security. It makes us feel like little "masters" lording it over our fellowmen. We look down on people and show arrogance in our conduct. We attribute our success to our personal effort and we forget totally the Master who is the Source of everything.
Before we fall into that pit, the Lord admonishes us to think of ourselves as "unworthy servants" and warns us not to have a bloated ego in times of success but to remain His humble servants. He is the real Master. On our part, we should seek the last seat, do our duties with dedication so as to give Him greater glory. One day we will be surprised that He who sees our secret thoughts and intentions will say: " My friend, move up higher." When the Lord affirms and rewards us, we can never be proud but remain humble and thankful for showing us His mercy and generosity. And, even if he calls us His friends, He remains our real Master.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Brix J. R. Añgobling
Charlie Almario Tan
Patrocinio "Pat" Co Ang & Family
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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