BE A FAITHFUL AND HUMBLE STEWARD
📖Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29 (R.v.39a); Luke 17:7-10
When I was in the major seminary, one quotation from the scriptures that every one of us expected to hear from our Bishop is Luke 17:10. He used that to remind us of the importance of humility even when you feel that you have performed excellently in your pastoral duty because, the work is not ours but the God’s work (cf. John 10:32; 17:4), and so, it is a privilege that we partake in it.
As God’s work, we should always desire to do it as Jesus desired to do it (John 4:34) because he made us his friends and so, full-time partners in the vineyard (cf. John 15:15-16). If we are full-time partners, you can then begin to see why it is our duty to work in that vineyard.
One way of being an active servant in that vineyard of God is by teaching the truth to all and then, living as people with integrity as St Paul encouraged us in Titus 2:1-15. Again, let every action of yours be motivated by love.
St Martin of Tours gave us an example of that love-motivated life. It was said of him that when he was still a catechumen, he divided his coat in two and used one to cover a beggar from cold. Later he had a vision in a dream that it was Jesus that he covered. Of course, Jesus said that himself, “I was naked and you clothed me” (Matt 25:36).
What will Jesus recommend me with as what I did to progress the work of his Father?
May God give us the grace of humility and faithfulness in our different vocations in life. May we not be found to have been dancing against the beats in the end. Amen.
Have a grace-filled day. Peace be with you.