|Gospel||Luke 19:11-28 ©|
REFLECTION: Jesus in our gospel today, is on his way to Jerusalem. The people who have been following him were thinking that the coming of the Kingdom of God would happen there.
But Jesus corrects their assumption. He is sort of saying, “You should not be so preoccupied with the coming of the Kingdom, rather you should be preparing yourselves, examining your life, if you are really worthy and ready when the Kingdom of God comes.
Each one of us has been given a particular gift or talent that we are expected to use, develop, nurture, invest, and share for the growth of kingdom. In the end God will ask us an account of this.
St Elizabeth of Hungary whose memorial we celebrate today, has invested all her time, talents and treasures to please God by helping the poor and the sick in her time.
Today, we can see around us all kinds of poverty and social illness. Our gospel today challenges us to invest our gifts and to share our resources to others, but it’s not only as simple that, we have to do it with LOVE as the main motive, not to show off, not because we are obliged to, but because WE love. In the end of our life, St John of the Cross says, “we will be judged in LOVE.”
SO today let us ponder on these things:
1. What are the gifts and talents that God gave me?
2. Am I using these gifts with love and hope for the growth of the kingdom of God or am I just using them to my own satisfaction?