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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 7, 2022 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 7, 2022 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Luke 12:32–48

“Amen, I say to you, the master will gird himself, and have his servants recline at table.” –Luke 12:37

In what fantasy scenario does the CEO wait on his aides? Does a prime minister ever serve in a soup kitchen, or an estate owner set the table for her grounds crew? It sounds fantastic to imagine the scene that Jesus describes—a master waiting table on his house staff. Yet this is how Jesus himself will act when he washes the feet of his followers at the Last Supper.

This reversal of roles in servant leadership is not entirely rare, of course. Don’t parents put themselves and their resources at the service of their children—not for an hour but for a lifetime? Don’t teachers labor painstakingly through the years to bring their students along with ABCs and 1-2-3s? Missionary medical crews put their expertise to use for the sake of those who can never repay them. When those with resources serve those in need, wonderful things are possible. Set the table for someone soon.

Who has served you with their wisdom, example, encouragement, or material help? Whom do you serve?

While The Gospel at Home takes a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings.

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