“Take the gold coin away from him and give it to the servant who has ten coins.” (Lk 19: 24)
Today’s Passage: Lk 19:11-28
Meditation: Jesus says, “I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” (Jn 10:10) We know for sure that the crucifix proves itself vividly this mind of Jesus. However, today’s meditation verse first gives us the impression that he is another person. It seems that he is justifying the act of the man who has gone to be enthroned. Like this man, Jesus also has come to take whatever we have from us. He is almost like an unrighteous judge. Because, the other servants too feel the same and that is why they are saying, “Sir, he has already ten coins.” What an injustice it is!
We also find in and around our society the same thing. When the poor become poorer and the rich become richer, people feel that God is hardheartedly taking away from them even whatever they have. But, is that the same matter discussed here? Is it in the same way that we approach this verse? Anyway, to understand in a better way, let us see also the parable of the talents (Mt 25:14-30) along with the parable of gold coins (Lk 19:11-28), since they are taught in view of the immediate expectancy of the kingdom.
The main thrust of both the parables was on the faithfulness, though there is difference in the way of presenting. In the former, the man did neither entrust them to do some business with the amount nor was concerned about what they have earned, but whether they faithful or not. In the latter, he entrust them to do some business and earn for him. Therefore, we find him rewarding the servants according to their work. However, the final message is whether they were faithful or not.
This is about the final judgment. We are given some duties to be accomplished before second coming. There is time for laziness and therefore, we have to be more alert and watchful on our duties entrusted. Jesus himself gives us the model: he says, “My food is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do.” (Jn 4:34) Again at the end of his life we hear, “I have shown your glory on earth; I have finished the work you gave me to do.” (Jn 17:4)
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Have mercy on us! O Lord, many a time we forgot the duties entrusted to us and were lazy people. You are the righteous one and we have to be righteous too. Give your Holy Spirit in its abundance that we may be always responsible and faithful servants in our life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Wednesday…