Reflection on Luke 17:5-10 ~
The journey of helping someone understand faith’s depth has milestones. In the early stages, people have the expectation that a favor done is a favor returned. As someone moves further along in their journey, expectations change into humble gratitude. I am extremely moved when I observe someone giving without any expectation. Yet, there is more; the truth into transformation for “the other,” is to witness the complete emerging of someone who has participated in love moving the mulberry tree.
Jesus Discourses with His Disciples, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Luke 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a[c] mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8 Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? 9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 17:5-10