Kings and Gold Coins

Luke 19: 11-28 Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time As a way of showing my love for Jesus, today I will practice patience with someone who annoys me.
by Fr John Doyle, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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Luke 19:11-28

Introductory Prayer: 
Lord Jesus, you are the Alpha and the Omega. You have  given me life and offer me eternal life with you. You deserve my honor, gratitude and love, and yet you never impose yourself upon me. Thank you for respecting my freedom so that I can offer myself to you. All that I have is yours; I return it to you. 

Petition: 
Lord Jesus, teach me to be patient and persevering in using my talents to serve you and my neighbor.

1. Jesus, the King of Kings: 
Nowadays there is renewed interest in the imminence of the Lord's return in glory. Every Sunday when we recite the Creed we attest to our faith that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. But we also know that we do not know when it will be, as Our Lord clearly states: But about that day and hour no one knows (Matthew 24:36). So what should we do in the meantime? The answer is very simple: Live faithful to the values of Christ's Kingdom and show that he is our King right now. Are there any areas in my life where Christ is not ruler? Am I faithful to my Christian commitments? Do I use my time well? 

2. Earning One Gold Coin at a Time: 
In todays parable each servant receives only one gold coin, but some invest it better than others. There are some gifts that God has given all of us in equal measure and some that we each receive in varying degrees. At baptism we receive the gifts of faith, hope and love in seed form, so to speak, and it is up to us to make sure they are cultivated, irrigated and exposed to enough light so that they will grow and bear fruit. These gifts of faith, hope and love are not given to us just for rainy days or moments of trial, but rather to keep us focused on who we are as children of God and heirs to the kingdom of heaven. Exercising these virtues is like earning gold, one coin at a time. How often have I thanked God for his gifts of faith, hope and love? Do I strive to grow in these virtues by keeping my heart set on the things of heaven and through charity towards my neighbor?

3. God's Generosity: 
St. John reminds us that God is love (1 John 4:8). God's essence is self-giving. The man who hid his coin could not discover or fathom this reality, but the man who spent his gold coin found this out as he was able to earn many more. Jesus tells us that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain (John 12:24). Later however a metamorphosis occurs which brings many new grains of wheat into being. Jesus' death on the cross is the perfect example of the transformation of sacrifice and self-giving into fruitfulness. We can't have Jesus as our king unless we are willing to follow him on his journey to Jerusalem and impending death. We have much to give up, but we have so much more to gain by using our talents for the Kingdom. 

Conversation with Christ: 
Lord Jesus, I am sometimes afraid of what it means to die to myself. 
Help me to use all of my talents for your kingdom. 
Help me to realize that I have nothing to lose 
and everything to gain and to take steps courageously to love you.

Resolution: 
As a way of showing my love for Jesus, today I will practice patience with someone who annoys me.







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