Homily for the 27th Sunday
in Ordinary Time…From Servant to Friend
at the end of our Gospel today: “When you have done all you have been
commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done all that we were
obliged to do.'"
harsh words from Jesus – but later on, at the Last Supper, Jesus says in John
chapter 15 verse 15 “I no longer call you servants, for a servant
does not know what his master is doing. I
have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have
heard from My Father.”
That is a MASSIVE
swing from servant to friend!
So how do we
grow in friendship with Jesus?
1) Spend time with him each day and talk
to Him in prayer, and even if you do not hear anything back, just be content to
sit and rest in Jesus
2) Love what and who Jesus Loves. Jesus loves every human person. Jesus also says he has a special place in his
heart for the poor. Do we love every
human person, are we working and willing each person’s good, and do we love the
3) Remove anything from your life that
is telling you that Jesus is not your friend.
If there are any songs or movies or shows or games or radio that are
telling you that God doesn’t love you, stop immediately.
For some reason that we will only know when we die or when the Lord
returns, God has allowed the Devil to suggest things to us in our mind. Do not listen to that voice. God always speak to us calmly and quietly,
even when He is nudging us to confession.
The Devil is suggesting some combination of “Look what you’ve done”…”God
loves some people but he does not love you” just ignore the voice of
condemnation and listen to the quiet voice of God speaking to you
clear at the Last Supper, He does not desire us to be His servant, He desires
us to be His friend. Let us take Him up
on His offer!