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Reflection by Virginia Pillars
Today's Gospel: Luke 19:11-28
Our pastor reminds us each week in his homily to apply the Scriptures in our lives. He suggests we put ourselves into the Gospel reading, to envision ourselves as each person in the passage and think about our reaction.
When I do this with today’s gospel, I get a wake up call.”
In the parable, a nobleman “gave” his servants ten gold coins to use for trade.
I asked myself, “What is my gold coin?” In this story, each servant received the same, but in reality, my contribution to the world has unique properties that belong only to me. After I barely survived a bout with whooping cough (pertussis) as a three-month-old, the women in my family reminded me often, “God left you in this world for a reason.” It gave me a sense of purpose, yet also, a responsibility to do something with my life.
But shouldn’t every person have this truth instilled in them? We each have a part in the Kingdom of God. As I read this passage, I had to ask myself, “What is the gift God gave me?” Once I answered this question, I continued, “Do I use it to bring glory to God?” I applied this examination of conscience to what I have done or what I failed to do. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor 5:10).
If I hide my God-given ability under a bushel basket, I’m no different from the servant who buried his gold coin because he feared his master.
What gift, talent, skill did God bestow on me? Do I use it to bring glory and honor to Him?
Lord, thank You for the gifts You’ve given me. I need Your grace and wisdom to use them to glorify You and spread Your good news to others.
Copyright 2021 Virginia Pillars
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