October 5, 2019
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:17-24)
We hear a passage from Luke today that warns us not to get too caught up in earthly rewards. This reading is the lead-in for tomorrow’s Gospel about the unprofitable servant.
The bottom line is that we were put on this earth to do God’s work. We cannot worry about receiving any immediate tangible benefit from that work – that is not why we do it. We do it because that is what we are called to do. We do it because we love God and are called to love others.
The disciples returned to Jesus, excited about the work they had been doing, and rejoicing because they had discovered they had the power to order demons and evil spirits to come out of the afflicted. They were delighted with their newfound power.
Jesus brings them back down to earth. Do not rejoice over this power you now have, He tells them. Rejoice in that doing the work of God will earn you a spot in heaven.
Jesus tells us the same thing. Any good things that come to us here on earth because we do God’s work are of little value. The value will come with eternal life.