Jesus was a very busy guy. We see this in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 4. He heals Simon’s mother-in-law, He heals all the sick in the town and casts out many demons. When He tries to get a moment alone, the people track Him down and try to prevent Him from leaving their town. But Jesus knows that He has a greater mission. Read about it today.
In the first reading from 1 Corinthians 3, St. Paul kind of scolds the people for following Apollos or Paul. He reminds them that they (Apollos and Paul) are just workers in the Lord’s vineyard. He writes, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth…For we are God’s co-workers.”
God’s co-workers. I love that thought. I am privileged to be one of God’s co-workers. Aren’t you? Don’t think for a moment that you aren’t. So many have the false impression that God’s co-workers are priests and deacons and bishops and nuns. That would be only part of the equation. You, too, are one of God’s co-workers. Even if you don’t see it, others do. They look to you for an image of God. So keep up the good work! And don’t be expecting a raise…the pay doesn’t get any better than eternal life!
Father, thank you for allowing us to be your co-workers. We pray that we will be diligent in our work, and that all we do may be pleasing to you. Amen.