November 21, 2012
Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 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.
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Inspired by the Spirit
To everyone who has more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Luke 19: 26
It seems that when a project is truly inspired by the Spirit, the fruits will far outweigh the effort we put into it, but if a project is something we are trying to bring about with our inadequate strength, the fruits will be minimal in spite of our efforts. So perhaps we could say this: to everything that flow with the Spirit, there will disproportionate growth; to all that does not truly flow from the Spirit, even the effort we can bring will come to nothing.
—Margaret Silf, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2010 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, each of us has been blessed with unique gifts. We have received just the right combination of talents to build your kingdom. It is through this divine synergy that we truly achieve our best self. Lord, help us to be faithful in uniting our hopes and aspirations with your Spirit. United with you we will persevere through obstacles and disappointments. We will experience unexpected joy, wonderful surprises, and cherished relationships.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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