THEME: CALLED TO BE FAITHFUL SERVANTS.
BY: Fr Francis Onwunali.
“Service of God and of neighbor is both a voluntary or free act and a sacred duty. One can volunteer for service or be compelled to do service for one’s country or one’s family when special needs arise. Likewise, God expects us to give him the worship and praise which is his due. And he gladly accepts the free-will offering of our lives to him and to his service. What makes our offering pleasing to God is the love we express in the act of self-giving. True love is sacrificial, generous, and selfless.” ( *Don Schwager)*
In continuation of the instruction on criteria for Christian living, St. Paul calls on Titus today (Titus 2: 1-8, 11-14) to tell those entrusted to his care how they are to act in living out their Christian lives. They are to imbibe the virtues of temperance, self-control, love, endurance and sound in faith. They are to abhor irreverent attitudes, gossips and not to be drunkards.
In the gospel (Luke 17: 7-10), our Lord Jesus Christ challenges His disciples to hold on to their role in relationship with God. They are called to be faithful servants. As faithful servants, they must be willing to submit to will of God; to serve God in their fellow human beings and to sacrifice their lives for their faith and trust in God (Phil. 2: 5-8).
Dear friends, as followers of Christ, we are privileged to be called His friends for He has made known to us all He learnt from His Father (Jn 15: 15). In obedience and love, we are called to live our lives reflecting our friendship with Jesus.
I pray as we journey in life today, we will not betray our friendship with Jesus who is always faithful (2Tm. 2: 13). May the words of the Psalmist be a source of hope for us: If you trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live in the land and be secure. If you find delight in the Lord, He will grant your heart’s desire (Ps. 36: 3-4).
Have trust-full a day!