Jesus was now near Jerusalem and the people with him thought that God's reign was about to appear. So as they were listening to him, Jesus went on to tell them a parable. He said, «A man of noble birth went to a distant place to have himself appointed king of his own people, after which he would return. Before he left, he summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. He said: ‘Put this money to work until I get back’. But his compatriots who disliked him sent a delegation after him with this message: ‘We do not want this man to be our king’.
»He returned, however, appointed as king. At once he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made. The first came in and reported: ‘Sir, your pound has earned ten more’. The master replied: ‘Well done, my good servant. Since you have proved yourself capable in a small matter, I can trust you to take charge of ten cities’. The second reported: ‘Sir, your pound earned five more pounds’. The master replied: ‘Right, take charge of five cities’. The third came in and said: ‘Sir, here is your money which I hid for safekeeping. I was afraid of you for you are an exacting person; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow’. The master replied: ‘You worthless servant, I will judge you by your own words. So you knew I was an exacting person, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow! Why, then, did you not put my money on loan so that when I got back I could have collected it with interest?’.
»Then the master said to those standing by: ‘Take from him that pound, and give it to the one with ten pounds’. They objected: ‘But, sir, he already has ten!’. ‘I tell you: everyone who has will be given more; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for my enemies who did not want me to be king, bring them in and execute them right here in my presence’».
So Jesus spoke, and he went on ahead of them, on his way to Jerusalem.
Action of the day : Learn to multiply the talents
My Sunday Homily
Today's Gospel tells us that the Master is on a journey, a journey that has already planned a return. With this certainty of his return, he calls his servants, the chosen servants, chosen from among others. We are these elected and chosen servants, for the Lord has found us worthy of Him, worthy to entrust us with His goods.
Since He has given His belongings to us, we are no longer the faithful servants, and by this trust we have become His friends, for He has told us everything, and He has entrusted everything to us. We who were the simple servants, by this trust, He has raised us to be His collaborators, the heirs, by granting us total freedom, with a decisive responsibility. Each one of us will leave from the sight of their master, jule like these servants, becoming themselves guardians of everything, of all that their master entrusted to them. "They know that the master expects his servants to take initiatives, even risks, during his absence. This is what the first two servants did: if they were able to double the sum, it was because they dared to risk losing. »
The Gospel does not tell us anything, no details of their commitment or even their way of investing their master's goods. It’s here God assure us the freedom that He has entrusted to us, a freedom with due responsability. Yet it tells us that they multiplied their master's goods. Each time we commit ourselves to this God, God will accompany us, he will never abandon us.
The Lord's Church tells us that God is generous and He shares His belongings with us. Generosity is a divine quality that we already have within us. Today's Gospel presents us with this God, who was generous with all, especially with faithful servants, and also presents us with this God, who was just, a God of justice, who takes the one talent that he will entrust it to another. Unfaithful winegrowers will be replaced by others. The fig trees that do not bear fruit will be cut down.
Today we are invited to make a sincere evaluation of our life. Do we recognize divine generosity, especially in this time of confinement? Is the little talent we have received the faith we bury without doing anything? We no longer have the Eucharist, true, but we have the Word of God. We can easily celebrate the Word of God at home. We can make the rosaries regularly. Many families have lost the habit of family prayer. It is necessary to start the evening prayer again, with the family members. God assures you, you will not be disappointed. My friends of Christ, let us not bury the little talents that God has entrusted to us. Let us use them and multiply them. God will repay us.