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Daily Gospel Reflection 17 November 2021 Luke 19:11-27

11 While the people were listening to this, Jesus continued and told them a parable. He was now almost at Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God was just about to appear. 12So he said, “There was once a man of high rank who was going to a country far away to be made king, after which he planned to come back home. 13Before he left, he called his ten servants and gave them each a gold coin and told them, ‘See what you can earn with this while I am gone.’ 14Now, his own people hated him, and so they sent messengers after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15“The man was made king and came back. At once he ordered his servants to appear before him, in order to find out how much they had earned. 16The first one came and said, ‘Sir, I have earned ten gold coins with the one you gave me.’ 17‘Well done,’ he said; ‘you are a good servant! Since you were faithful in small matters, I will put you in charge of ten cities.’ 18The second servant came and said, ‘Sir, I have earned five gold coins with the one you gave me.’ 19To this one he said, ‘You will be in charge of five cities.’ 20Another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it hidden in a handkerchief. 21I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take what is not yours and reap what you did not plant.’ 22He said to him, ‘You bad servant! I will use your own words to condemn you! You know that I am a hard man, taking what is not mine and reaping what I have not planted. 23Well, then, why didn’t you put my money in the bank? Then I would have received it back with interest when I returned.’ 24Then he said to those who were standing there, ‘Take the gold coin away from him and give it to the servant who has ten coins.’ 25But they said to him, ‘Sir, he already has ten coins!’ 26 ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘that to those who have something, even more will be given; but those who have nothing, even the little that they have will be taken away from them. 27Now, as for those enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and kill them in my presence!’” (GOOD NEWS BIBLE)

This well known Gospel is simple and challenging. We are called to use our Gifts to the Glory of God and put our lives to work. If we fail to serve God we join those who do not want Jesus as King.

It is not how many gold coins you have that counts, its what you do with them.   Do not compare yourself to others, just use what you have and bear fruit, make it grow. And your life will grow if you put it to work. When you use your physical muscles, they get stronger and bigger and the same applies with spiritual things. when we exercise them they grow.

Which servant are you. Maybe today you need to go and dig up a talent given to you and put it to work. Ask God for the wisdom to discern and the courage to put your life to work.

Be assured of my prayers for you.

Let us pray.

Father you have given us all a share in your kingdom. Give us courage to use our gifts to build your kingdom. Inspire us in all we do to be good stewards of all that we have received.

In Jesus Name,  we Pray. Amen.  

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