10 So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, "We are useless servants: we have done no more than our duty." '
Above is the Gospel from this morning's Mass. I've been pondering it ever since it was read. I've of course read and hear this passage before, but as often happens it struck me differently today and actually has perplexed me a little bit, so I thought I would toss it out there for discussion.
The last line seems to me to be saying. . .if you only do what you are told and nothing more then you are useless. you have fulfilled your obligation but nothing more and that it is perhaps in the going beyond our obligation, without seeking reward or gratitude for both our obligation and for what is beyond our basics --- it is in that state and that place in those actions that our faith is increased?
Fr. Basil was filling in today for our pastor and he equated this to the love between spouses which can be increased or decreased by the actions of the spouses, their minimal obligations to one another or in going beyond and sacrificing themselves for their spouses.
I'm just curious how others experienced this passage and what other insights might there be in relation to it?? I am sorry if this is the wrong place for it, so if it needs to be moved feel free :-).