November 8, 2016
Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
When I was still working, one of my frustrations or complaints with some of the superiors that I worked with was their lack of appreciation. They would not mind us having sleepless nights to finish their requirements, sometimes to the point of sacrificing some personal time. However, when things mess up, they would throw all the problems for me to resolve. What was important to them was that I served and did what was expected of me.
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus reminds us of who a true servant is. He is not person who looks to the merits or the demerits of his service. What is important for him is to be of service to everyone. He recognizes that even the opportunity to serve is already a blessing. Furthermore, he knows that he is cooperating with the actions of God; that everything comes from Him.
St. Teresa of Calcutta had an apostolate to the poor and the marginalized members of the society. In her lifetime, she made a great impact not only to those people but also to the rich members of society, by letting them contribute their resources to help the poor. Despite these, she said that, “she is just a pencil in the hand of God.”
Not everybody is given the opportunity to serve God. There are people who are capable and able but due to some reason, they cannot share themselves to others. On the other hand, there are people who have less in life but they serve with utmost generosity. The opportunity to serve and be of service to the people of God is itself a blessing.