Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 11, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Titus 2:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29
A reflection on today's Scripture:
So it should be with you. . . . (Luke 17:10)
When we have done everything the Lord has asked and we have given all that we have to give, our human reaction is almost always, "See how well I have done." It is a natural thing. But Jesus warns us here not to be natural. Much of Christianity is a call to remove oneself from one's natural inclination and to give oneself up to divine inspiration.
When we do the Lord's work, we do it with the Lord's strength. St. Thomas Aquinas pointed out that the only thing a human being can do to separate from God is reject Him. Other than that, all of the works we do are done in tandem. And the One who bears the greater part of the burden of our work is God Himself.
What is there to boast of if we have cleaned our rooms by making the bed, but it is God who picked up the toys, threw away the trash, dusted the furniture, swept the floors, washed and painted the walls and rearranged the furniture? That is what Jesus is telling us. If we do everything that we can, we still have done remarkably little and only what is expected, we should not expect that a shower of gold will fall from Heaven as a reward. Jesus tells us to regard ourselves as humble and obedient servants.
But God regards us as children who are demonstrating their love in the small ways that a child can. God sees these actions of the servant and laughs with delight at the child who has learned how to wash his hands without throwing the towel on the floor. God knows our weaknesses and does not ask from us anything that we cannot give. True, we are servants of the Lord, but we are servants who are also well loved children. While we are not promised and should not expect any extraordinary reward, we nevertheless receive one every time we receive Him -- a taste of heaven here on Earth, a moment of being amid the waste of the world.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
St. Marin of Tours, bishop
Lives of the saints:
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