FAITHFUL SERVANTS

Tuesday 10th November – Memorial of St Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor

Reflection: Luke 17: 7-10

FAITHFUL SERVANTS

The desire for self-glorification is an innate feature of the human person. We desire to be recognized and appreciated for whatever good we do and we can easily become proud when we think have made an achievement. Jesus was very much aware of this when he reminded His disciples that a servant does not receive praise from his master when He has simply done his duty.

Our catechism teaches us that God made us to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him in the next. We should never lose sight of this call to be servants of God. Our wonderful privilege as adopted sons is a true and unique one. Yet, just as a good child is obedient to his parent and carries out the errands he is sent so also we must be willing to faithfully serve God as his beloved children.

Has God blessed you with a talent, wealth or a position, use it to honour Him. Look around you today. In what way is God calling you to serve Him? Humbly and joyfully put yourself at the service of your brothers and sisters and say in the end, “we are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.”

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help to be your faithful servant in everything I do. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 375 – How is authority exercised correctly?

Authority is exercised properly when it is understood according to Jesus’ example as service. It must never be arbitrary.

HIDE A TREASURE: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” 1 Cor 4:1 RSV-CE

NO SERVANT CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS

Saturday 7th November – Saturday of week 31 of the year

Reflection: Luke 16: 9-15

NO SERVANT CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS

St Paul, in his letter to Timothy says “No soldier in service gets entangled with civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him” (2 Tim 2:4). Faithfulness is a great gift; yet it is a virtue that is lacking amongst many of us today. Jesus says in today’s gospel reading: “If you are unfaithful with unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you true riches?”

Faithfulness cannot be partial; it is either “all” or “nothing”. How faithful are you to the gifts and blessings that God has entrusted to you? How faithful are you to commitments you have made to both man and God? Are you faithful in your dealings and relationships with fellow men or are you lacking in faithfulness? Today’s first reading gave an account of people who were faithful to their call in their own little way to the spread of the Gospel, they were great men and women who gave their input faithfully and were reckoned with. What can people say about your faithfulness and what can God say about your faithfulness? Is there a disparity in both recommendations? (Lk 16:15)

Today, God calls on you – John, Anthony, Justina, Charles, Theresa, Lucy, Chrisitiana…every one of us. He calls on us to live the faith so as to attain perfection. (Mt 5:48). Will you answer His call today?

PRAYER: Lord, please create in me a new heart that is committed and faithful to you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 543 – The word of the Lord is compared to a seed which is sown in a field; those who hear it with faith and are numbered among the little flock of Christ have truly received the kingdom. Then, by its power, the seed sprouts and grows until the harvest.

HIDE A TREASURE: “I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set your ordinances before me.” Psalm 119:30 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 16: 3-9, 16, 22-27; Psalm 144: 2-5, 10-11; Lk 16: 9-15