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Luke 17:7-10

The Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples, "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing 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!'"

Luke 17:7-10
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    • Jesus is using an example from everyday to communicate to his disciples that his way of leading is totally different from the leadership of the world. Worldly leaders can use their influence unjustly and feel entitled to rewards and privileges simply because of their position. The way of Jesus suggests that serving others is a privilege in itself and no reward is necessary.
    • I reflect on Jesus’ teaching. How do I find it? Does it resonate with me or do I find it hard to apply? When I am serving others do I seek rewards? I ask Jesus to teach me how to serve.
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    • Pope Francis, commenting on this reading, said,’Jesus taught us that ‘the leader becomes as one who serves’, and that ‘if anyone would be first, he must be servant of all’. Thus, Jesus overturns the values of worldliness. It is no coincidence that when we serve the Lord freely, we feel an ever more profound peace. It is like hearing once again the Lord say: ‘Come, come, good and faithful servant!’’.
    • Today, let me realise that, in the words of the Prophet Micah, all that is necessary is ‘to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly before my God’.
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    • ‘We are worthless slaves, we have only done what we ought to have done!’ What a huge dose of realism, that saves us from conceit, even of the spiritual type. Lord help me to understand that the way to real humility passes through accepting who I am and not taking myself and my mistakes and achievements too seriously.
    • Yet at the Last Supper, our God did what no reasonable master would do: he put on his apron and washed the feet of his disciples. He then told them that he did this so that they could do likewise to one another. I pray for a greater understanding of the love Jesus has for us, and of how central humble service is to our discipleship.
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    • It is not easy to think of myself as a slave without thinking of the complaint that such a label usually entails. While I may want to be generous, I may admit to some need for appreciation and can recognise how I need to pray for greater freedom.
    • A servant has a role, competence and limits to their work; a slave has to consider only the will of another. Jesus does not want to enslave me, but asks me to consider where I notice the limits of my service.
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    • This text can be hard to understand. The central point would be that humble service done out of love for the Lord is its own reward. It can be helpful to compare the words of Jesus spoken at another time, when he was speaking of who is the greatest - ‘for who is the greater; the one at table or the one who serves? The one at table surely? Yet here am I among you as one who serves!’
    • It can be hard to grasp the depth of the relationship that Jesus has with us if we fail to understand his great love and service of us in his passion and death.
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    • Slavery was an accepted part of most ancient cultures and Jesus' listeners would easily understand the point he is making here. In the modern world we have rejected slavery and see it as unjust. So to apply this model, as Jesus does, to the relationship between God and ourselves is likely to make us uneasy.
    • But can we at least accept that our obedience to God is required by the very nature of who God is? That it is not something to boast about or seek a reward for? Especially since our obedience is that of a son or daughter to a loving Father (sometimes called filial obedience)?
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    • It may be possible to satisfy the claims of law; but every lover knows that nothing can ever satisfy the claims of love.
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    • This is a tough saying of Jesus. We know that a little gratitude and recognition of work well done can raise the spirits! So let me find an opportunity today to recognise and affirm someone whose life is filled with work.
    • We can never boast or rest on our laurels in our search for God. There will always be new challenges opening up before us. But perhaps I take on too much myself? Then let me learn from a saint who said: ‘I will do these things in love and freedom, or leave them alone’.
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    • How many of us, when we do a good deed, look for reward in one way or another? Today we are reminded that in following Jesus’ teaching as we live our lives, we do so without any strings attached. We do what we can to help others we meet on our way for no reason other than to help, if we can, ease their burden.
    • You have so much to teach us still Lord; we can do nothing without your help. Inspire us Lord to live a life worthy of being called a follower of yours.
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    • If I feel a bit deflated by this Gospel, I have got its message! I can easily focus on my virtue, my good deeds, my generosity in forgiving others, my care for the vulnerable, and so on. Instead I must see that God gives me the ability to do all these things. There is absolutely nothing for me to boast about.
    • I pray: ‘Dear Lord, you didn’t spend your time boasting about all you did and all you suffered. You were like a slave, serving us all, washing our feet, dying for us. Make me a bit more like you in your humility and self-forgetfulness.’
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    • Blessed be God is no idle prayer. It speaks my confidence in God even when I cannot grasp what God is doing to me. It puts me, as a Christian, in touch with Moslems and with Jews who revere God's will. I struggle against sickness, injustice and evil. At the end of the day I may seem to be losing the struggle, but I bless the Lord whose hand is over me.
    • Prayer can be a time of offering ourselves to the Lord – of acknowledging especially the things in life which we ought to do. We take on responsibilities for family, for work, for faith, and for the wider world of the poor and the needy. Maybe we can go through some of this in prayer – interceding for those for whom we are in some way, big or small, responsible.
    • We are slaves - not a title we like. But we remember that slaves in Jesus' culture were very often welcomed and accepted members of the family circle. Even though they were without rights and not fully included in the family, they knew that they were not worthless. They were valued members of a household as we are. Prayer teaches us always to ask a further question about what Jesus means, not to conclude that we can easily know what he meant!
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    • Jesus is using an example from everyday to communicate to his disciples that his way of leading is totally different from the leadership of the world. Worldly leaders can use their influence unjustly and feel entitled to rewards and privileges simply because of their position. The way of Jesus suggests that serving others is a privilege in itself and no reward is necessary.
    • I reflect on Jesus’ teaching. How do I find it? Does it resonate with me or do I find it hard to apply? When I am serving others do I seek rewards? I ask Jesus to teach me how to serve.