Scripture: 1st Reading: Wis2,23-3,9; Resp. Psalm: Ps34,2-3,16-19; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,23; Gospel: Lk17,7-10
In life we belong to God. In death we belong to God. Our lives are therefore meaningful if and only if we belong to God. Many times, we run after things and marvels beyond us. We seek the wrong things, take the wrong turns, get ourselves into difficult situations from which we labour to extricate ourselves. The word of God today helps us to refocus and redirect our attentions to the important things.
Our God, when He created us, had great plans for us. He made us in His image and likeness. He created us for eternity and incorruption. Death was the price and the wage our humanity pays for succumbing under the devil's malice into sin. For the unrighteous and those who reject God, death is the end. For the righteous, death is peace, the transition to immortality.
For those who know God, death is a great good, the opportunity for final union with the Lord. Life thus becomes the preparation, the testing ground of faithfulness to God. In the gospel passage today, our Lord concretized this by telling us that our lives are to be lived in faithful service to the One who has bought and paid for us at a great price. As believers, we are unworthy servants called to work for such a great Saviour.
When we do our duties well, which translates into our preparation for eternity, we should not expect or wait for praises from men and women. We should remember that we have only done our duty for which our recompense, that is, heavenly rest, is already assured. We are thus to be contented with this important reality of life that all that we accomplish is nothing more than what we have been commanded to do, which promotes our eternal reward with the Lord.
Let us pray: Lord our God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you for the example of service He gave to us. Give us your grace to follow Him every day of our lives by committing ourselves to His service so that our lives become our preparation for eternity and a place with you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.