Lk 17:7-10

In the gospel reading, Jesus declares, When you have done all you have been told to do, say, “we are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty”. The parable warns against the tendency to pride on the part of those who do their duty and, indeed, do it well. Jesus appears to be saying that in our relationship with God, our primary concern should be with serving God faithfully rather than with what God might give us by way of gratitude or reward. Jesus’ service of others was not dependant on how others related to him. We are to do the right thing, the good thing, what God wants, because it is the good thing to do and not because of the reward or acknowledgement we might get for doing it. We are not to seek recognition from others.