READING— Luke 17:5-10
When you have done all you have been commanded, say, “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.”
Service is an integral component of the Christian life. It is a virtue that those who belong to educational communities need to cultivate among young people. In today’s readings, Jesus reminds us that this service to others that He invites us to is, in truth, an act of gratitude. Authentic service wells from the heart of one who is convinced that he or she has received much and been loved well. For this reason, the Lasallian ideal of service is always rendered as “zeal for service” and it is always rendered in tandem with faith. The energy we bring to our works reflects in many ways the depth of our own faith experience of this God whom we have come to know as love. It is likely therefore, that those who have lost zeal and enthusiasm for their service to others also need to be brought back to the faith experience of a God who loves and cares for them without limit. With the disciples, we are one in asking the Lord to increase our faith – to increase our capacity to perceive God’s loving work in our life. And if it be that our faith is increased, our grateful hearts cannot conceive of any other response but to serve with zeal.
What moments inspire your service to others? What moments de-spirit you in your service to others?
Keep us, O God, within Your loving care. Your grace lies revealed in all creation. Let it flourish in delights and trials, in joys and sorrows, in shining splendor and in secret. We strive to know as we are known by You and to love as we are loved by You and to put our love into action as You brought Your love to us in the person of Jesus, our brother. Give us the courage to follow in Your way today. AMEN.
From De La Salle’s Meditation
Your zeal for the children under your guidance would be very imperfect, if you expressed it only in teaching them. It will only become perfect if you practice yourself what you are teaching them. Example makes a much greater impression on the mind and heart than words. This is especially true of children. They are led more easily to do what they see done for them than to carry out what they hear told to them, particularly when the words they hear are not in harmony with the actions they see.