Commentary on the Reading of the day provided by
Saint Ambrose (c.340-397),
Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
On Saint Luke’s Gospel 8, 31-32 (cf SC 52, p. 113)
“We are unprofitable servants”
Let no one boast of what they have done since we owe our service to the Lord in simple justice…
We should keep on working for our Lord as long as we live.
Recognize, then, that you are a servant employed in a great number of duties.
Don’t puff yourself up at being called “child of God” (1Jn 3,1): let us recognize the grace but not forget our nature.
Don’t make much of it if you have done your duties well since you have done what you ought to do.
The sun fulfils its role, the moon obeys, the angels carry out their duties.
Saint Paul, “chosen instrument of the Lord for the gentiles” (cf. Acts 9,15), writes: “I am not fit to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God” (1Cor 15,9).
And if elsewhere he demonstrates that he is not aware of any blame, he afterwards adds: “But I do not thereby stand acquitted” (1Cor 4,4).
Neither should we either; let us not claim praise for ourselves, do not let us anticipate the judgement of God.