A Humble and Grateful Servant
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For 8 November 2022, Tuesday of week 32 in Ordinary Time, based on Luke 17:7-10
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” ’
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
08 November 2022 @ 7:46 pm
Thank You Father Dan for opening up this reading today with such clarity. It reminded me of something my chemistry teacher, Mr Gandhi (a Hindu), used to say to us years ago in school: ‘your duty is to work only, never to the fruit there of’. I found this baffling but it stuck with me (unlike the chemistry????). I later found out that it’s from Hindu scripture and means that our gratitude should be centred on the opportunity we have to serve God, rather than looking for reward for such service as we feel we have rendered. Thanks again and God bless you.