16th November (English)

Publié le 15 Novembre 2016

Scripture:  

Luke 19:11-28

 

11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.' 14 But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.' 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading. 16 The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.' 17 And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' 18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.' 19 And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.' 

20 Then another came, saying, `Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin; 21 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.' 22 He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay  down and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?' 24 And he said to those who stood by, `Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has the ten pounds.' 25 (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!') 26 `I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'" 28 And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 

The message

 

The parable of talents is our daily life. This life can be seen in two ways. One is towards multiplying what we have received and be happy with what we have and what we have done. And the other is just opposite, looking only what we don’t have, particularly in comparison of others, though this comparison may be just and correct without any exaggeration, we end up to be sad and discouraged, because we see what we don’t have and fail to see what we have.

The multiplication is possible only if we realise what we have and the value we attach to it.  What is less value we ignore and burry it and what is more valuable we use them. Many at time, people those who have learned to see what they have, are happy and content. This happiness doesn’t come because they have all that they need, rather, what they have is more than what they desire for. Just like this, the sadness of ourselves is not basically our basic needs are not fulfilled, rather we look what others have and what we don’t have, or we have no means to fulfil what we don’t have.  

The third important aspect of life is, all that God has created is called to honour and serve Him. All the talents that we have received is at the service of the accomplishment of the Will of the Father. If we have received little, then we are demanded also little. If we have received more, we are demanded also more. Each and every one of us have received a mission from the Lord. Many of us are not able to realize or identify the mission conferred to us, thus we seek more than what is needed to accomplish. The more we discover and multiply, the more we received to multiply, thus in our life we glorify the Lord. The more we complain and grumble, the more we lose even what we have received and we end up in cursing God and our demands get multiplied without any  hope of return.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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