The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
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.’”
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is inviting us to obtain an attitude of being a true servant; that is, doing what we are supposed and obliged to do. It is how to be a disciple of Jesus. It is very clear to Jesus, as a faithful servant of the Father, that following the Father’s will is the most important thing to do. He knows very well that He was sent to the world in order to fulfill the will of His Father in heaven and it is through this will that we are striving to be faithful disciples and servants of Jesus.
The whole life of Jesus here on earth was a faithful witnessing to that love that He shares with His Father and which emanates through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This love is what Jesus offers when He calls us to be His followers. A love that is ready to witness to the truth by the way we listen and act on the Word of God. A love that is willing to sacrifice for the good of others. A love that inspires us, as Jesus’ servants, to do what we ought to do as Christians.
Our modern world offers many things that would distract us from being faithful witnesses of this great love. People nowadays focus their attention on what will give personal satisfaction. We are becoming engrossed with a lifestyle that answers only our personal longings and ambitions. Moreover, we are normally preoccupied by the things that will make us rich and popular.
But these are not the characteristics of being a servant and witness of the Word. As followers of Christ, we should hear the Word and live it as a servant must do for his master. Furthermore, we must proclaim Jesus as Lord and obey the will of the Father.
Let us pray to God that He may continue to inspire us to fulfill with integrity and truthfulness our duties and responsibilities to our families, communities and other circles of relationships that we have as His faithful servants.