November 8, 2016 (Tuesday)

St. Paul Ngan

Tuesday of the 32nd Week

Ti 2:1-8, 11-14 • Ps 37

Lk 17:7-10



Jesus said to the Apostles: 7“Who among you 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’? 8Would 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’? 9Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? 10So 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.’ ”


From the point of view of the master in the story, we come to know what God expects from us as God’s servants. The servant in the story appears to be so oppressed that, after working hard in the field, he does not yet deserve a rest. He continues to serve the master at table. After performing his duties, he does not receive even a little acknowledgment.

Is this the way servants are to be treated? Do they not have any right to rest and affirmation? Is God a slave driver?

The Greek word doulos means both servant and slave. For us, they can be two different persons. The servant can refer to the present-day domestic helper. We no longer have slaves as understood in the olden days, though slavery persists in other forms, as in white slavery.

In the Church, we do not work as domestic helpers or modern-day slaves but as servant-leaders or ministers. We serve as PPC or BEC leaders and coordinators. Some communities do not like volunteers because the latter serve only when they are free or feel like serving and often leave their group at their mercy.

Christians work hard not to gain favor for themselves or to advance their agenda. They love carrying out their duties and do not expect anything in working for the Lord. But God certainly can never be outdone in generosity.

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