When you are given a task or some responsibility, what is your motivation to do it? Some do the task because they see it as a means to impress others. Some do so to gain recognition and hopefully rewards. Some do so because they want to prove themselves and prove their abilities and capabilities. Some do so because they see it as part of their duty or job. But how many of us are willing to get the task done, without expecting recognition, reward or to show off for our own gratification?
In today's Gospel we are reminded: "So with you: when you have done all you have been told
to do, say, 'We are merely servants: we have done no more than our
duty.'” In whatever we do, are we doing things just to serve ourselves, or are we
really serving the Lord? Let us always remember that all our abilities and talents are meant to give God the glory, not for our own selfish ends.