Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 16, 2016 – Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Gertrude

 Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (19:11-28)

While people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately.
So he said, “A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’ His fellow citizens, however, despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, ‘We do not want this man to be our king.’ But when he returned after obtaining the kingship, he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said, ‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’ He replied, ‘Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported, ‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’ And to this servant too he said, ‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him, ‘With your own words I shall condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was a demanding man, taking up what I did not lay down and harvesting what I did not plant; why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said, ‘Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’ He replied, ‘I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
bring them here and slay them before me.’”
 

Reflect: Today’s Gospel is one that seems to fly in the face of our concept of a compassionate and merciful God, unless, of course, we consider that we who have been blessed have a responsibility to use the gifts we have received from God for his honor and glory. It is precisely through the generous love and mercy of God that we receive particular gifts unique to each of us.  Having received these blessings, given out of love, should inspire in us the confidence to run with what we’ve received for God’s glory and the building up of his Kingdom. Fear, however, can paralyze us. Fear is not from God. So Jesus wants to illustrate the need to trust him, to trust what he has provided for us. What he gives us is purposeful.  Trusting him, especially in the difficult times, we will see those gifts flourish – for his glory and honor!

Am I aware of the gifts God has showered on me? How am I making use of the gifts that God has given me? Do I hold back from making good use of what God has provided for me? Am I using the talents, abilities and blessings that I’ve received from God for my own aggrandizement or to bring praise and honor to God so as to contribute to his Kingdom here on earth?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to be aware of how you have generously blessed me. Give me the grace to make good use of all that I am and all that I have so that your name, your presence in the world will flourish. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Gertrude: Pray for us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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