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Reflection by Colleen M. Rooney
Today's Gospel: Luke 19:11-28
Our Lord is speaking very decisively in this Gospel. Many prefer only to hear the words of Jesus, “Learn of me for I am meek and gentle of heart.” And those are kind, true, and comforting words. But our Lord also speaks strong words of condemnation. In this Gospel, He tells a parable. He is the nobleman who has gone off to obtain the kingship. We are his servants who have been given a gold coin (our gifts). While He is gone the servants are to use these gifts. When the king returns, He asks for an accounting. In the parable, two servants have used the coins to enlarge the king’s holdings, but one servant has not. Fearful of the king and alleging him to be unfair, he did nothing with his coin.
The king asks him why he did not at least put it in the bank to earn interest, since the servant determined the king to be severe? The king directs the uninvested coin to be given to the servant whose investment yielded ten coins. The bystanders complain. But the king answers that those who invest their gifts will be given more, but those who do not will lose what they have. The king goes on to say, those who do not want him to be king will be brought before him and slain.
These words seem harsh to 21st century ears. But we must hear all of Jesus’ teachings. Our Lord did not tell this parable to hear Himself talk or to hold court. He told it so we might be prepared for the day that we will be asked to give an accounting of the gifts He has entrusted to our care.
Do I listen to the teachings of the Lord when He condemns certain actions?
Jesus, help me to hear Your teachings on all matters, not just the ones I like. Ask the Holy Spirit to send me the grace to become very attuned to Your voice.
Copyright 2022 Colleen M. Rooney