“Having faith” as servant

Missionary Weekly Reflection
Twenty Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, 6 October 2019
The Feast of Guardian Angels
Hab. 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps. 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; 2Tim. 1:6-8,13-14; Luk. 17:5-10

Increase our faith!” That is the request from the Apostles. They focus on increasing the faith, not on the faith they have possessed! This is old disease. Humans do “like the big one” in order to: be seen, to be heard, to be admitted, to be appreciated and to be remembered. Jesus’ reply has two meanings, If you have the faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” On one side Jesus criticized His closed followers because they do not have any single faith. Not even a faith as small as a mustard seed! On the other side, Jesus also said: You can do anything, even great things, with existing faith that you have, even though it is very small, the most important is the faith is genuine and true. So, having faith is not about plenty or few, but it’s about the effect and change that resulted.

Faith is an inner disposition: the attitude of the heart that is revealed in true, faithful and reliable behavior! God often makes surprises: He chooses the sinners, second class citizens or uncounted community as His model. Such as: woman “the sinner” (7:50), a blind beggar (18:42), a Samaritan (17:19), the bleeding woman (8:48) and the most stunning one: the faith of Roman army head (7:9). Why does He make them as models? His illustration for master and servant may be the answer.

The servant’s attitude is the model of “attitude of faith”: having faith as a servant. How? First, be fully loyal to the master. This loyalty that makes him reliable and trustworthy. Quality faith makes us a reliable and  trustworthy follower of Christ. Second, be prepared to react and respond to the message, command and will of God. A servant’s eyes always look towards his master. Every action of the master is the sign and message to carry out. Having faith as a servant means continuously contemplating (contemplating means “seeing”): seeking, comprehending and formulating action that is related to God’s will and plan for me, for my fellowship and my environment. Third, not claiming nor demanding anything as “merit”. A servant cannot demand merit or praise from his master.

A master is not obliged to praise and thank the servant for his work. We serve Him because that is our duty. God does not need to thank us. We do not need to demand the praise and merit from Him. That is the meaning of being a “useless” servant: does not mean we are useless, but because we have no right to claim merit. That is faith of obedience: being obedient because we have to serve, without being praised and served.

Serving and loving are duty, not a choice. Not a right to be negotiated, but a duty that must be realized. In Paul’s words: “When I preach the Gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16).

(Hortensio Mandaru – Indonesia Bible Society, Jakarta)

DAILY DEDICATED PRAYER

Lord, our Father, I present my today prayer, thought, word, work, joy and sorrow in the unity with Your Son, Jesus Christ, who always presents Himself in the Eucharist for the world salvation. May the Holy Spirit, as the soul of Jesus, also lead and give me the strength today so that I am ready to be the witness of Your love.

Together with St. Mary, Mother of Jesus and the Church, I specially present my prayer to our Pope and Indonesian Church prayer apostles of this month:

For Evangelization intention:

Harvesting season for mission work in the Church: May the breath of Holy Spirit seed and nourish the Church with the sprouting of effort and work for the new mission. We pray…

For Indonesian Churches intention:

Churches at the villages: Along with less young people who are willing to stay in the villages, may the local churches find the programs that can direct the youth to love and develop their own village. We pray…

Special Intention:

May the people in our Diocese support the nationalism of our youth, so they can continue their role in working together with other young fellowship to build fraternity wisely. We pray

Amen

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