Monday 4 November 2013

Tuesday of Week 32 Year 1

What sort of attitude do you have towards work, position, status, etc.? Some people may think that they are indispensible, and without them, the company would collapse. Some people may become so full of themselves with pride and arrogance, especially when they have reached a certain level and status in their workplace and in society. Some people may even look at others with disdain, especially when they think that they are more capable or intelligent. Such attitude could also be seen in churches, where there are certain faithful who begin to think that they "own" a particular office or ministry, and they may go through great lengths to ensure the status quo remains. The irony is that some of these people may lament that no new blood is forthcoming, but at the same time, they seem to be holding on with an iron fist.

However, today's Gospel admonishes us: "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 merely serving ourselves, or are we really serving the Lord? There is always the danger that we may say that we are serving the Lord, but in reality, we are merely exalting ourselves. Thus, we should continuously remind ourselves as we pray the Our Father: "Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done"; NOT "My Kingdom come, My will be done."

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