Commentary on the Gospel of


A street sweeper complained that in his years of maintaining the cleanliness in the streets, never did he receive any word of thanks from people. A policeman who has been patrolling the street made the same complaint of not being recognized for his service. The two described their work as “thankless job.” It is but natural for us to expect for some kind of recognition or affirmation for the service that we are rendering to the community. But in the end, we are no more than servants; we have only done our duty. To be a servant therefore is to be generous, offering oneself without expecting anything in return. Jesus gave himself to the world but he was not recognized by the world. Are we not mere servants?


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