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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 13, 2018

Tuesday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Tit 2: 1-8, 11-14

Gospel LK 17:7-10


Jesus said to the Apostles: "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'? 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.'"

 

Unworthy Servants

 

Let us attend to the concluding words of Jesus in today’s Gospel passage: After having done everything you were told to do, you should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.”


Jesus teaches us here the lesson of disinterested and detached action. “Nishkama Karma” or “action with detachment from its fruits” is an important principle spiritual life. Jesus takes the example of a servant who does his duties without expecting praise of favour from the master.


“I am an unworthy servant; I have done only my duty.” By his attitude of detachment he proves that his service is not prompted by any calculation of advantage, but by sense of duty.


The attitude of the servant makes him “master” of himself who does not yield to greed or desire for momentary gains. Even while being a servant one does not lose one’s human dignity. Dignity is judged not by the work a person does, but by the manner (the spirit and motivation) in which he/she does it.


Jesus would apply this attitude of the servant to our relationship to God. Our faith in God and our actions of faith should not be considered as means to obtain something from God. We are often tempted to think that our display of faith, our prayers and acts of charity are effective when they bring us some material advantages.


Take for example our prayers: they reflect mostly our welfare needs, our requests for health, success and well-being. Or sometimes they are projections of our self-complacent assumptions about ourselves. We may not even hesitate to bargain with God. When our prayers are not answered according to our wish, we are unhappy.


Jesus has illustrated the self-complacent behavior of some people in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-collector who went to pray in the temple. The Pharisee highlighted his meritorious actions, while the Tax-collector focused his attention on his own unworthy condition.


Jesus would teach us that prayer is more the awareness of “what you are” before God than the description of “what you do” for God and what God should do for you. In our awareness of unworthiness we would experience the power of grace and mercy. Prayer and the service of God and fellow human beings would then become the springs of joy within us.


Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


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