Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

November 12, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Josaphat, Martyr (1580-1623) – Patron Saint of the Ukraine

Wisdom 2:23-3:9

Psalm 34

Luke 17:7-10

Today we are to ask ourselves if we give our best at all times, regardless of the cost.  Aren’t we like the laborer in Jesus’ parable who expected immediate reward and compensation for his day’s work?   Or do we simply say, “I will give only what is required of me and no more.”  I believe Jesus used this parable of the dutiful servant to explain that we can never put God in our debt or make the claim that God owes us something.  We must always regard ourselves as God’s servants, just as Jesus came “not to be served but to serve.”

For example, our service to God and our neighbor is both a voluntary act and a sacred duty.  We can volunteer to serve the public in municipal law enforcement, fire and rescue, or as emergency medical personnel.  Or we could become a member of our military and serve our country at home or abroad.  We expect much from these individuals and likewise God expects us to give Him the worship and praise which is His due. 

Our Lord is asking us to have an attitude of service.  Service is indeed an attitude and adopting that attitude every day can change our outlook on life.  To serve is to “obey,” and to obey means to put the needs of others ahead of our own.  Can you imagine the difference we would see in our relationships and in our lives if we continually put the needs of others ahead of our own?  We would find ourselves less selfish and self-absorbed and, most importantly, more loving.  If we are less angry, less envious, less greedy, less prideful and less gossipy of others we would lead a richer life.

Question of the Day:  Will you ask our Lord Jesus to fill your heart with love, gratitude and generosity and to make you His faithful servant?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, let me always serve You faithfully.  May I forever be worthy of Your love and Your trust. 

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