Scripture Reading: John. 15: 20
There was a businessman who called a young, but intelligent and customer-friendly boy to work for him. The boy was like a servant and the businessman, the master. Both of them agreed on the number of years to serve and the master would settle the boy. A couple of years, the man’s business expanded and he became richer and more blessed than he was before he employed the boy. But along the line, something strange happened. He refused to settle the boy as agreed. People could not understand the ulterior motive of the man for not settling the boy. In the midst of all these things, someone mustered the courage to ask the man face to face why he hadn’t settled the boy. The man clearly and thankfully said, “That boy is the reason for my success all these years. He is so customer-friendly that if I settle him, all my customers, who of course, love him would go to him. That will be a discredit to me”. In the long run, the businessman decided to settle him, but sternly warned him to establish his own business in another state so that he wouldn’t lose his customers. To our greatest surprise, the boy humbly accepted and went to another place, because, no servant is greater than his master.
The concept of servanthood here does not necessarily mean slaves or those regarded as housemaids and so on. Servanthood is quite beyond that. A servant is anyone under the guidance or authority of a superior. For instance, we can say that children in the house are under the authority of their parents, and therefore, they are “servants” to them. Also, employees are under their employers, so they are servants to them. Having said that, what is then the message? An altogether humility, obedience and submission. People certainly never expected the simple obedience of the boy in the introductory story. It is just a clear case that no servant, irrespective of what he becomes, is greater than his master. Therefore, what is our assignment? Let us in all walks of life or whatever may be our position learn to love and obey our masters. Things get easier and less rigorous when we do this. As a matter of fact, no master ever loves nor condones condescending challenges from the servant. However, sometimes servants may need to correct something in their masters. Yes. But that should be done with humility and respect. In conclusion, God calls on us to obey our superiors. An obedient servant is quickly promoted and loved by his master. Always bear this in mind: “no servant is greater than his master.” God bless you.
MASS: GREEN Tobit 6:9-12; 7:1cd.9-12.16; 8:1.4-9a; Ps 128:1-2.3.4-5 (R.1a); Accl. 2 Tim 1:10; Mk 12:28b-34
1. It is Your will Lord that I walk in obedience of Your Word. Give me the spirit of obedience today.
2. My desire is to always walk according to Your direction and not on my own accord. I beseech You Holy Father to always come to my aid whenever I seem to be failing You in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Father of heaven, grant me the grace of discipleship and followership in the name of Jesus Christ.
4. O Lord, let Your Word be my guide in my walk with You that I might not err in my ways. Amen.
EXERCISE: Consider others better than yourself.
Meditation: Matt. 10:24
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