The Gospel asks us to avoid being like the servant who, after receiving mercy, refused to show mercy. We should rather be servants who, mindful of the forgiveness shown us, are forgiving of others. We are to be grateful servants, rather than ungrateful servants.
The Gospel regards us as God’s servants. I had a girl in a grade school class who would not accept that. She said, “It’s my life. I can do what I want with it.” Are we humble enough to accept our designation as servants? If we are not, we had better look for another religion.
Paul laid that down for us in the second reading. “None of us lives as his own master. None of us dies as his own master. While we live we are responsible to the Lord, when we die we die as his servants. Both in life and in death, we are the Lord’s.”
On awaking we should be asking God what he wants of us. We should say what Eli told Samuel to say: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
Day in, day out, there is one thing the Lord wants of you. Jesus said, “In this will all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another.” God doesn’t want his servants to be fighting.
Today we are all thinking of the 9/11 terrible sneak attack. Friday’s Times-Union reported an unexpected result of the destruction of the World Trade twin Towers. It said that the terrible crime has brought American Muslims closer to the rest of us. They all instinctively joined us in hating what was done. They in no way identified with the attackers. So, it had them feeling much more American, and less like those others.