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November 18, 2020

Lk 19: 11-28

As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. 

The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’ He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’ Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’ He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’ Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 

He said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’ He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ (And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’) ‘I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.’”

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Sharing our blessings

This parable challenges us to “put this money to work.”  Each of us is given spiritual gifts and talents to invest in making our world a better place.  We live in a “me” society where at times we horde our gifts and blessings.  A friend living in an expensive home decided to sell her home and live a simple life. She chose to share her blessings with others.  Each year, she purchases needed items for a mission Christmas store. She helps customers shop for a needed pair of shoes, a coat, a pair of pajamas or a game to put under the tree for their children. My friend’s blessings are multiplied a hundredfold.  Each of us are given blessings meant to be shared.  Today I reflect on what I do with the blessings entrusted to me.  How can I make a difference in someone’s life by sharing my blessings? Therese Gillman, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Oldenburg, Indiana.  She is now the Development Director of the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford after previously serving seven years as its Executive Director.  

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ask us to recognize the gifts we have in our lives, and use them to share with our neighbors.  Open our eyes to the needs of others so that we may look at what we have and offer it to those in need.  We pray this in your holy name, amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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November 18, 2020

Lk 19: 11-28

As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. 

The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’ He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’ Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’ He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’ Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 

He said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’ He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ (And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’) ‘I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.’”

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Sharing our blessings

This parable challenges us to “put this money to work.”  Each of us is given spiritual gifts and talents to invest in making our world a better place.  We live in a “me” society where at times we horde our gifts and blessings.  A friend living in an expensive home decided to sell her home and live a simple life. She chose to share her blessings with others.  Each year, she purchases needed items for a mission Christmas store. She helps customers shop for a needed pair of shoes, a coat, a pair of pajamas or a game to put under the tree for their children. My friend’s blessings are multiplied a hundredfold.  Each of us are given blessings meant to be shared.  Today I reflect on what I do with the blessings entrusted to me.  How can I make a difference in someone’s life by sharing my blessings? Therese Gillman, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Oldenburg, Indiana.  She is now the Development Director of the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford after previously serving seven years as its Executive Director.  

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ask us to recognize the gifts we have in our lives, and use them to share with our neighbors.  Open our eyes to the needs of others so that we may look at what we have and offer it to those in need.  We pray this in your holy name, amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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