The good news for the day November 8, 2016
Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (492)
Jesus says to people following Him closely: “Would any of you tell a worker of yours who has just come in from plowing or herding sheep in the fields, ‘Come here immediately and take your place beside me at the table’? Would you not rather tell him, ‘Get me something to eat. Put on your other clothes; wait on me while I eat and drink my meal. When I’m done, you can eat and drink? Is the boss grateful to that worker because he did what was commanded? That’s how it should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are not very competent workers; we have, though, done what we were supposed to do.’” (Luke 17)
Here is a reminder to you and me. We do our best, but humility—honesty—requires us to admit it is not enough. BUT. But, you do not need to feel guilty or berate yourself for failure. Like Job in the Hebrew Scriptures—whose friends accused him of hidden faults, or failures he did not have or acknowledge—you are just doing your best before an awe-inspiring God of creation.
You do your best. You work in the service of God and neighbor. You act generously and forgivingly. You pray and maintain your lowliness. You stand by your conscience, and the Spirit of kind helpfulness. You respect others and try to grow in the knowledge and love of God.
It is never enough. Life remains open-ended. The next moment is a fresh challenge. You are tested all the time—and you are a creature of God whose challenges ennoble you—but you never know. You stay alert. You stay alive. You know life is not finished until it is finished. Your readiness is your strength; You are not fully “competent”—but always growing, always learning, always changing towards being a truer Child of God.
How wonderful! God—as the saying goes—is not finished with me yet. There is more to do—more to grow. THAT is the reminder—the Good News. Jesus is telling you that you’re OK—even if you’re not!