World Communion Sunday
We Are All Servants
It is clear that the immediate hearers are not the servants mentioned in this passage. Thus, there is something about the truth of today’s Gospel, Luke 17:5–10, that makes us a little uncomfortable. Surely, we would rather that the servant should take care of our needs and then have his or her meal. It is always going to be that our needs will take priority over how the servant may feel.
However, the seemingly simple question of Jesus haunts us, especially on a day like today, as we focus on the one family that we have worldwide in Jesus Christ. It is where our Sunday family can be in conflict with our weekday family; and where, when the role is re-versed, we are not so sure after all.
Nevertheless, as part of the worldwide family of believers, we are all involved in representing and defining the gospel that we carry. We are all instruments in carrying this gospel of Jesus Christ; and thus, we are all servants. Therefore, it matters what kind of account we give of that gospel. It does not matter whether or not we like the role offered to us. We are being counted on to be faithful.
This one thing is clear from the Gospel: the blessing is in our effort to carry out faithfully whatever task is assigned to us. We are still required to do our duty. Therein is the blessing for the servant at whatever level. When we are more aware of this, everyone becomes friend and family—not just on World Communion Sunday, but at all times.
May God bless all of you!
Joe Nicholas, pastor, Prince of Peace Moravian Church, Miami, Florida