12 November 2019. Memorial of Saint Josaphat
Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)
In one of our discussions in Fundamental Liturgy, I was struck by a statement of our professor. He said, “Saints became saints not because of their works but because of their deep love for God.” He cited an example of a saint who made a small hole in her room for her to see the Blessed Sacrament. This kind of love puts me in awe-a love that goes beyond human love. I guess it is because that love is rooted in the love of Jesus.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is reminding me that in doing my responsibilities it is not just about accomplishing it. The question is, “Is there an element of love in it?” I am obliged to do the commandments of God not just because I need to but because I am bounded in the love of God. The first thing that God showed me even before I was born is to love. He knitted me in the womb of my mother, He created me out of love. It is not the responsibility of God but it is the love of God that urged Him to create us. The Gospel invites me to live with love and to share this love not just because it is my responsibility but because it is the reason why I am created.
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 7 – 10
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.'”