Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin
Reading 1Ti 2:1-8, 11-1; Gospel Lk 17:7-10
The parable of today shows the attitude which we need to show towards God. Through this parable, Jesus asks a challenging but, thought provoking question, the servant who worked whole day and when he comes back, will any master serve him food thinking that he is tired? The answer is no. No servants expect this. If there is only one servant in the house, he has to do the household works as well. Prepare the supper, serve me at the table and after that you have your food; this will be the attitude of the master of the house. After having done all this will the master thank the servant? No, because the servant is bound to do his duty and the servant have no doubt about his duty. He regards everything as his duty. This is the main thrust of this parable. The final phrase of Jesus in today’s parable gives us the purpose of this parable, “after having done all those things which you were commanded to do you become worthless servants. Jesus, who taught us to call God as father with childlike freedom, here presents the relationship between God and human beings as master- servant relationship. To the question, what is the biggest contribution, which Christianity has given to the world? The answer will be ‘Christianity taught the world to call God as Father’.
The parable of today teaches us many lessons. To be at the service of God is not very easy. We are bound and called to serve with full attention and until the last breath of our lives; We should not have a divided mind and part- time business in serving the Lord. This service should be the fruit of the overflowing love of the heart, mind and soul for the Lord. The best way to measure our spiritual growth is by a sincere introspection about ourselves. Cecil Rhodes on his death bead said, “I have done very little, only one percent, I have to do still more, this is the realization what each one of us should have in the service of the Lord. Poet John Keats asked to write on his tomb these words, “Here lies the one who wrote his name in the water. St. Paul calls himself as the last of all the Apostles and last among the Christians and first among the sinners. This attitude shows how much he has grown in his spiritual journey. We are called to draw the picture of God within ourselves and in the lives of others. However, we need to realize that within ourselves, in others, we have done it so badly; this realization will turn out to be a blessing for each one of us. The servant in the parable is so blessed; he starts his work away from the master and ends in the presence of the master, doing all what he could do for the master, what blessing more he needs. He has received his pay for the hard work of the whole day, when he is at the presence of the master serving him, being with him. His heart whispers, “I am only a servant, I have done only what I am supposed to do.