November 20, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 19:11-28

While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
His fellow citizens, however, despised him
and sent a delegation after him to announce,
‘We do not want this man to be our king.’
But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported,
‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’
And to this servant too he said,
‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said,
‘Sir, here is your gold coin;
I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
you take up what you did not lay down
and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him,
‘With your own words I shall condemn you,
you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
taking up what I did not lay down
and harvesting what I did not plant;
why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said,
‘Take the gold coin from him
and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him,
‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
He replied, ‘I tell you,
to everyone who has, more will be given,
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
bring them here and slay them before me.’”

After he had said this,
he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):

     Today’s Gospel is about the parable of the ten pounds or otherwise commonly known as the parable of the talents. The message of this Gospel is that we must be good stewards of God’s creation. We must be good stewards of the gifts and talents God has given us. Being good stewards is not only to safe keep or safeguard what has been given to us, like what the slave who was given 1 pound by the nobleman did.  Our talents or gifts bestowed by God on us must grow and develop more.

     This Gospel challenges us even more to utilize whatever God-given gifts we have. However, we must first discover what these gifts are for? In our own parish churches especially for those who may not be capable of giving material things for the maintenance of the Church, what other gifts or talents can they give? If we sing well, will we not be so greedy to help in the choir singing or being a psalmist? Or playing the instrument like piano or keyboard perhaps? Certainly, each one of us is given by God unique talents and gifts. And as we discover these gifts, let us ask ourselves, are we using these talents and gifts for the greater glory of God? Or even if we use this in the Church, is our intention pure or are we just serving the Church for show off?

     What is even more apparent is the present day’s challenge to secularism wherein everybody is drawn out to what is Divine. It is not that easy to practice the talents given by God. Everyone wants to earn money, work, work and work, and no time for God, no time to pray or go to Holy Mass even on Sundays or to other Services for those who are not Catholics.  Another talent perhaps, which is a special gift and talent from our Creator, is the capacity of parents especially for mothers to take good care of their children. All of these can only be seen in the eyes of Faith from the God who is the source of everything. Faith in Him conquers all barriers.

     The example of the Blessed Mother in Her being faithful and a good steward of the Word by giving to us Her only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, is worth emulating. Why won’t we go to Her all the time so She can surely bring us to Jesus?

     Amen? Amen!

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