Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God. Isaiah 49:1-6
These words describing the "Suffering Servant" are particularly apt for those disciples actively involved in social ministry of mercy and justice. That is work that seeks to make the Reign of the Divine real in the world right here and right now. This means that it will never be fully successful until the "end of the age." Those who are deeply involved cannot let success be the standard by which they judge themselves but rather faithfulness to their call to justice.