Posted by: livingscripture | November 18, 2009

Thirty Third Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

        

He was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately.

                              Luke 19: 11                                                  

 

How should we live this Word

 In today ‘s Gospel, we sense Jesus’ urgency in making the disciples understand that His Kingdom was not of this world and that He had to undergo His passion and death in Jerusalem.  He had spoken of this very often but they were not able to grasp what He was saying.  Here He tells a parable to clarify what is going to happen.

 A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then return.  He called his servants and gave them each a sum of gold, telling them to engage in trade until he returned.  The servants react in different ways.  There were those who didn’t want to have anything to do with that king and those who sought to multiply the money.  Others, knowing that he was a demanding master, did nothing to use the gold.  On his return, the master, who had become king, rewards the servants who had made a profit from the money.  A severe sentence is given to those who had made no effort and did not want him as king. 

 The interpretation of the parable is very enlightening.  Jesus is the master who goes to Jerusalem to suffer His passion and die, thus entering into His kingdom.  In fact, He came to save us and to give every person the possibility of accepting or refusing the new life that begins with Him.  Non acceptance means choosing against Jesus.  Acceptance means uniting oneself to Him and rendering fruitful all the gifts of nature and grace that we have received for the benefit of others and for the progress of the kingdom until Jesus returns.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to enter into Jesus’ sadness over Jerusalem.  It is sadness for all those who do not recognize Him as the Gift of the Father.  Yesterday, it was Jerusalem.  Today it is my heart, your heart, our heart, all those who are closed to recognizing His Face present in every person.

 Lord, help me to recognize You in every sister and brother and to be grateful for the gifts received, using them always for Your glory and the good of everyone.

 The voice of Fr. Joseph Pollano, witness

 To be a Christian means to risk for love of God because He risked and died for us.  The measure of our faith is the measure of our generous risking and of our wanting to give all to God for everyone.

 


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