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Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

August 28, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 1:1-9

Responsorial Psalm: PS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Gospel: MT 24:42-51

 

Homily

A faithful servant award is not something tangible, not something earthly.  And because of that, it is lasting and eternal, it is something that neither decay nor rust can destroy, not even death.

In our Gospel today, Jesus told His disciples a parable about the Second Coming of the Son of Man and about servanthood.  Here Jesus commended the faithful servant and condemned the wicked servant.

 

What are the qualities of a servant who is faithful?

  1. One who is always sober and awake.
  2. One who would not let the house of the master be broken into by thieves.
  3. One who is found doing what the master wants him to do even if he is away.
  4. One who takes care of his fellow servants, giving them their food at the proper time.

 

The wicked servant is one:

  1. who plays around while the master of the house is away;
  2. who beats his fellow servants unjustly;
  3. who eats and drinks with drunkards.

 

The servant whom the master finds doing his responsibilities faithfully while he is away is awarded with the trust of the master. Jesus said, “Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. Trust of the master is the award.  While the wicked servant whom the master finds at his coming resting, enjoying life, abusing other servants is punished severely.  Jesus said, “the servant’s master… will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

Jesus wants his disciples to be the faithful servant He was talking about. The disciples, of course, proved to be Jesus’ faithful servants and even gave up their lives serving God. Their motivation was not the award that awaits them but on their love for Jesus. This was Peter’s motivation as He confessed his love for Jesus in John 21:15-19. Here, Jesus entrusted to him the care of the flock. And was faithful to it until he gave up his life nourishing and defending the Jesus’ sheepfold.  He and the other disciples were faithful servants.

Today, we have another faithful servant, St. Augustine. God converted him from being a wicked servant to a faithful one. St. Augustine served God out of his love for Him. We, too, are reminded to be God’s faithful servants not because of the award but because of our love of God.

 

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