(Chapter 10: Jesus’ Last Journey To Jerusalem (St Luke))
The disciples asked Jesus to (miraculously) increase their faith, they wanted to have all doubt about his teachings removed from their thoughts.
Jesus replied, “Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after ploughing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal”?
Won’t the master instead say to him, “Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink? Then you may eat and drink’.
This was a powerful reminder to the disciples, and all who follow in their ways, that faith is a process of obedience to God through work and virtues which, in turn, strengthen our actions and belief.
Like the master’s slaves, who were expected to prepare his food before they ate, the disciples couldn’t curtail or avoid their responsibilities and duties, even if they were Jesus’ special ones. (Luke 17:7-10)
Sometimes our prayers may seem to go unanswered, but maybe we are also asking to leap over a few important learning stages, just as the disciples had hoped to do!
Lord Jesus, you are the Potter and I am the clay. May your will be done in me. Amen.
Prayer: Priests and Religious
St Paul, great convert and Apostle,
guide all priests and religious.
Help them realise that their actions
speak louder than any words.
Teach them to use their talents
to convey God’s message
but, to rely above all,
on the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Amen.