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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C year

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Our Christian life is not something that gives us a sense of being better than others, who have no possibility to know Christ in their life. It is rather our normal duty, a consequence of the faith we have received, the Christian lifestyle we have decided to bear. This is a lesson we can draw from today's Sunday reading. It is emphasized by the Gospel and Jesus' parable. A servant does not expect to be served by his master, after his work in the field, rather he first has to prepare the meal for his master and serves him after his duties in the field, and then he can eat and prepare the food for himself and his family. “Is he (the master) grateful to that servant because he did what was commended? 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.’” The goodness done every day by Christians should be an effect of their Christian lifestyle which they start to live by with the sacrament of baptism and Christian education. There is nothing extraordinary in that Christian conduct, although so called, “the world” sees it in a different way using different criterion, which means, it valuates the people from the point of exploitation, money and amorality. It is so important to remember that in our time, where we see almost every day and everywhere a power of evil and injustice experienced by the Christians who instead spread the goodness. “Our world” today hates Christians, persecuting them in all continents of the globe, as Pope Francis has noticed that now persecutions exceed the frames and immensity of persecutions from the beginning of Christianity. The words of Habakkuk from today's first reading comes to our help announcing in the name of God the end of those experiences: “The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith shall live.” Let us not stop doing good, as our normal daily Christian duty, and especially not expecting reward.