Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10-02-2022
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C 2022
Luke 17:5-10 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/100222.cfm
HOW BLESSED IS THE UNPROFITABLE SERVANT?
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, we 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? First, we must be careful not to see such comments through the eyes of the world, or we would be unprofitable servants using Jesus’ terms.
But did you know that the Greek translation for the term “unprofitable” in this context means 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 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
IGNITE THE FIRE IN YOUR HEART!
Father Rick Pilger, I.C.