Greetings on this the Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14; PS 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29; Lk 17:7-10
Notes: Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness (Matt 10:1).
I am missing a citation for the following statement, but my memory is certain of its usefulness in today’s gospel message.
Judas was given authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Judas eventually lost sight of who is the source of this power and his role in bringing about the intention of having the power resulting in tragic consequences for him.
It is enough for us to do what the Lord asks us to do, in his name and in his power.
Attitude of a Servant
Our gospel portion today, brings us to the Attitude of a Servant teaching. It is the Lord’s power and our efforts, in union with Christ’s effort, that combine to make for the divine plan of salvation.
These sayings of Jesus, peculiar to Luke, which continue his response to the apostles’ request to increase their faith (Lk 17:5–6), remind them that Christian disciples can make no claim on God’s graciousness; in fulfilling the exacting demands of discipleship, they are only doing their duty (NABRE comment on Lk 17:7-10).
The Power of God’s Promise
His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power. Through these, he has bestowed on us the precious and very great promises, so that through them you may come to share in the divine nature, after escaping from the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love. If these are yours and increase in abundance, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Ptr 1:3-8).
The Last Supper
For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves (LK 22:27).
So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feetd and dry them with the towel around his waist (Jn 13:2b-5).
So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do (Jn 13:12-15).
For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.
The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good, that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will grant you your heart’s requests.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him.
So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”
Peace be with you,