November 22, 2017
(St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus 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.’ . . .” Lk_19:11-28
Interesting twist of difference between Luke’s version and Matthew’s version of this same parable by Jesus, that we heard last Sunday. Luke puts a little bit more detail on the character of the servant’s master. Here in Luke’s Gospel he’s a King-elect. And it’s noted that many of his subjects really don’t like him very much. That puts a little more meat on why the one servant hid his money rather than risk losing it. Unfortunately his honesty in telling the (now King) that he thinks him a tyrant, doesn’t bid him very fair consideration by the one who holds his very life in his hands. Not that the servant should have lied. But the King DID have a point (as was mentioned in both parable versions) that he could have, at least put the money in the bank.
Sometimes we just have to take our chances, beloved. And if we don’t, it may cost us more in doing nothing than if we actually lost it. This goes for our very lives. Apparently God will count it of greater value if we lose our lives working to build His kingdom than if we cautiously grow old, happy and healthy, never sharing the love of our God who brings that happiness in the first place.
One of our several Mass dismissals goes like this: “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord!” As we respond, “Thanks be to God!”
Thanks be to God that we have the ability to Go and . . .
Now we better make good on the last part.
It IS the most important!
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