When did we decide that doing the things that we are supposed to do means that we have proven ourselves to be favorites of the Lord? We all do our best to share the Lord with our friends and family, but often we think that taking care of the widow who lives next door is someone else’s responsibility. Is this what Jesus suffered and died for? So that we can do the minimum? It’s easy to go to church and put a few dollars in the collection basket. It’s hard to spend time volunteering at a homeless shelter, visiting those in prison or feeding the hungry. Jesus made it clear in today’s gospel that doing as little as possible is disobedience to of God’s command to be merciful.
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.’”
It’s time for me (and perhaps you too) to do more. We certainly have more work to do.