November 14th, Who owes who?

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.'”

Sometimes these short Gospel readings are the toughest for me to write about.  That could be because I am trying to look for something that isn’t there, or it’s because something so obvious to me it’s jumping out at me with neon strobe lights; yet I still can’t see it.  For me at least, today’s is kind of that way.

This is what I get out of today’s Gospel reading.  God doesn’t have to do a thing for us no matter what we do, or how well we obey.  But, he loves us in such a way, in a way we really can’t understand as humans that he will reward us for our faithfulness, which also includes obedience.

Thought for the day:  Are we humble enough to look at God and say “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do?”  Or are we the type to give a long list of things that we did that make us think we are owed our eternal reward?

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