November 18, 2020 (Wednesday of Week 33 Year II)
I kept it away
Dear friends in Christ,
In the gospel of today (Luke 19:11-28) Jesus was teaching those who supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. It seems many people misunderstood his mission, to be the restoration of power or a military conquest that will free the people from the power of their Roman occupiers.
The nobleman of this parable gave out ten pounds, to ten of his servants while he was going on a journey, instructing them to trade with it, till he comes. Some of the citizens however wouldn't want him to return to reign over them, and so sent an embassy after him to that effect. Their ploy however did not prevent him from becoming a king. Giving account on his return, became an issue.
The key to understanding this parable is in the opening lines. The parable was meant for those who thought the kingdom was to appear immediately. The parable therefore teaches that it won’t come so soon. The time spent within which the nobleman expected his servants to make a profit from the pound he gave out, is not stated. This is in line with the other teachings of Jesus about the sudden return unannounced. The disciples are meant to put in their very best at their duties, not to be caught unprepared. “Happy that servant whom the master finds at his duty.” A twist in the parable however is that of the servant who said to his master, “Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man, you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.” That was too harsh to bear from a man who simply did nothing with what was given to him. It would have been better if he kept the money in the bank and had some interest. But before you blame him, check yourself, is there any talent you have that is lying fallow, unused and therefore not bearing any fruit? Do you know God will someday ask how you have used it? What will your excuse be?
Let us pray: O God, give us the courage to use our talents for the glory of your name and the good of all. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen