Friday, October 01, 2010

Ur Sunday Dose: Faith and Humble Service (27th Sunday-OT)

October 03, 2010
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lk 17,5-10


In our times when people not believe in God, even a faith the size of a mustard seed - however small it may be - can move mountains. It can touch lives, it can make us real disciples. Even a small room for the Lord to fill in our life with his presence is enough. It can transform our lives, it can transform others.

As we pray, we believe that the Lord will do something for our request, for our life and for others. This is a matter of Faith. But as Jesus tells us in today's Gospel, Faith is beyond prayers. Faith is prayer and service.

It may be a incident that Jesus speaks a little on faith, and focused on humble service, but as for today's world, it may seem essential. We look at our world today and see a plenty of people who say, "Kami po ay gagawa ng buong kababaang-loob para sa ikakaganda ng ating lugar, ng ating bayan, para mawala ang korapsyon..."

Sounds common? Yes, I'm talking about those in the Government, the so-called "public servants" whom we elected, and we hoped a lot. Some say that they are of fruitful service to the people, but are they really doing it? If they do, is it for our welfare, or for their self-rise?

What is real service, my dear brothers? It is rooted in our Christian faith and morals. It can be called Christian Service.

What, then, is Christian service? It is inclined in humility. We cannot serve our neighbor, our kapwa, if we do not serve them in all humility, or if our deeds are full of self-pride. It can lead us to nowhere.

We see the example of the servant in today's Gospel. Instead of babbling and complaining of the many jobs to be done, and hard commands coming from his master, he said in all humbleness, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.' In humility, he works and does every single command knowing that it is his duty, it is for his welfare. Likewise, we see ourselves today, working and praying, keeping in mind that it is for our good. It is for our salvation.

We remember this: Without God, we are nothing in this world. He gives us the grace to work and pray to have our faith increased. If we believe in God, if we are to follow his steps, we are also to be of humble service to others. We cannot be of humble service if we do not have faith in God.

Lastly, we remember Jesus' Words: "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." If we work and be of humble service to our kapwa, with faith in our hearts, we can be bearers of his Gospel to others.


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