GIVE THE LORD YOUR BEST
In today's Gospel of Luke, Jesus Christ concludes His instruction on discipleship with an example of being at home. He points out that nothing is particularly heroic about going the hard way with Him. Jesus tells the disciples, "When you have done all you have been commanded" - relativizing family relationships, renouncing all possessions, avoiding scandal, and forgiving whenever asked (Cf Lk 17:2 - 4) - "say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do'" (Lk 17:10).
We are called to give the Lord our best regardless of what it might cost. But we need to be honest. Don't we love to assert our rights? "I will give only what is required of me and no more!" But who can satisfy the claims of love? Jesus used this parable of the dutiful servant to explain that we can never say that our heavenly Father is indebted to us or make the claim that He owes us something for what we have done. What is most important here is that we regard ourselves as God's servants, just as Jesus came "not to be served, but to serve." Service of God and of others is both a voluntary or free act and a sacred duty.
In the Responsorial Psalm we acclaim, "The salvation of the just comes from the Lord" (Ps 37:39a). We are to trust and delight in His goodness. God expects us to give Him the worship and praise that are due to Him. He gladly accepts the free-will offering of our lives, which brings Him great joy. What makes this offering pleasing to Him is the love that you and I express in the gift of our self-giving. We can do this because we trust and delight in the Lord, Who watches over our lives.
So let us give the Lord our best!