Daily Reflection for Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 5:12. 15b, 17-19, 20b-21
Responsorial: Psalm 40:7-8-10, 17
Gospel: Luke 12:35-38
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
… be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding… Luke 12:36
Today’s gospel can easily and correctly be understood as a message about being prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time. Sometimes those “be ready” passages evoke a little fear in me, so I was delighted to discover a sermon by a Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Dr. Alan Brehm, that offered a different slant.
Dr. Brehm points out that in Jesus’ day, a master going to a wedding was likely to be gone for days or even weeks. Thus, the servants could not know exactly when the master would return. Rather than waiting endlessly by the door with lighted lamps, the servants understood that their duty was to continue doing their jobs, taking care of the master’s household, tending the garden, taking care of the livestock, performing whatever maintenance the estate needed.
In today’s gospel, those servants’ faithfulness to their ordinary duties brings an amazing reward. In a stunning role reversal, Jesus says the master will have them recline at table and proceed to wait on them himself. In other words, the servants don’t have to do anything heroic or dramatic. By simply remaining faithful to their ordinary tasks, they will win their reward.
In a small book entitled The Quotidian Mysteries, * author Kathleen Norris reflects on how God saves and transforms us precisely in the routine of our ordinary lives. She uses the example of marriage but the same could be said of life’s other tasks and commitments: “It is not in romance but in routine that the possibilities for transformation are made manifest. And that requires commitment .”
It encourages and renews me to think that my faithfulness to my everyday tasks, however routine, are pleasing to God and play a role in the building of His Kingdom.
What tasks has God entrusted to you this day? Believe that God is in the mix and transforming you through your faithfulness and commitment to the work He has given to you, only you.
Wishing you God’s blessings,
*Kathleen Norris. The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work.” New York: Paulist Press, 1998.