Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:7-10
I’m leaning against the dryer, keeping the door shut while shoes tumble. Bedbugs have infested my son’s room, the unwanted hitchhikers of a friend who had been homeless for a couple of months. This is one of those days the parable of the dutiful servant speaks to me.
It’s easy to hear Luke 17: 7-10 and think that the master is a jerk, but that’s not Jesus’s point. Rather, He reminds us that we all have jobs to do, and to do well, not because we’ll get thanks and accolades, but because it’s our duty. Our jobs as Christians are to love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and our neighbor as ourselves.
St. Theresa of Calcutta exemplifies this, having lived among the poorest of the poor. Bedbugs were the least of her concerns! Yet, while she received the accolades of men, she seldom felt the love and gratitude of the Master she loved most, God. Even though she had spiritual dry spells, she continued on serving, because it was her Calling. It was her duty, and she did it with joy.
As I look at the bags of laundry – black for bugs, white for cleansed – I remember that my son invited his friend to share his room out of selfless love. I am glad to have helped with that. I am glad to serve.
As moms, we often have the thankless tasks that never end, like laundry. Can you look at those thankless chores and see that you are serving Christ?
Dear Lord, help me to follow the example of St. Teresa of Calcutta by doing my duty even when I do not feel appreciated. Help me keep my eyes on my eternal reward.
Copyright 2017 Karina Fabian
Karina Fabian is a cradle Catholic, mother of four, and founder of the Catholic Writers Guild. She writes award-winning science fiction and fantasy. Her latest novel, Discovery, features religious sisters who are part of a mission to explore and alien ship. fabianspace.com
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