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Tuesday 32nd Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:7-10

Did you know that the Greek translation for the term “unprofitable” in this context means literally that the disciples are “without need.”

I can see the servant in the gospel
wiping his brow walking up the steps
into his master’s house.

All he wants to do is put his feet up
at least for a few minutes.

But all he hears is his master’s voice saying,
“Prepare something for me to eat.
Put on your apron
and wait on me while I eat and drink.”

 

We all know this experience well.

We have our plans and the phone rings
or we bump into somebody
and sometime later
can eat our supper
or put our feet up or whatever we plan to do.

 

Moments like these can be frustrating.

So what to do about them?

We must be careful not to see such moments
through the eyes of the world
or we would be unprofitable servants
using Jesus’ term.

 

But did you know that the Greek translation
for the term “unprofitable” in this context
means literally that the disciples are “without need.”

How free to go through our days,
knowing God is accomplishing
his plan for us to its perfection.

What a joy to know that in every circumstance
he places us, and with every person we encounter,
he will provide for every need.

 

There is a deep joy in serving the Lord on his terms.
Our plans aren’t that important.

We can welcome all of those interruptions
as invitations for Jesus to minister to someone
who needs him even if they don’t know it.

Unprofitable? Not when we do
what we are obliged to do – please the Lord.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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