Homily for Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: THE PARABLE OF THE TEN GOLD COINS.(TO EVERYONE WHO HAS, MORE WILL BE GIVEN).
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Wednesday November 16 2021
Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary **
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Maccabees: 7:1,20-31
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells the parable of a nobleman who left his servants some coins in order for them to engage in trade while he was away. When he came back, some servants netted some gains while others did not.He praised those who gained and took away the coins of those who did not made some profits. The message is that just as those who had been good stewards would have more so will we be. And if we had not gained at all, what we have would be taken from us.
*WHAT DOES THIS PARABLE TEACHES YOU AND ME TODAY?*
With it, Jesus teaches us that we have to put the gifts and qualities He has given each one of us, to work. They are not “ours” for us to do whatever we want with them. He has given them to us in trust so that we can yield a return. Those who had yielded a profit from the pounds were —more or less— praised and rewarded by their Lord. It was for the loafer servant, who kept the moneys in safekeeping without getting any pay-off, to get the blame and be punished.
*ONLY TWO CONDITIONS JESUS IS ASKING FROM US AS WE AWAIT HIS SECOND COMING!*
1.The first one is for us to avoid any unhealthy curiosity to know the timing of the Lord’s solemn and victorious return. He will come, He says somewhere else, when we least expect it. So, quit worrying over that. Let us wait with hope, but with a hope without any unhealthy curiousness.
2. The second condition is that we waste no time. Waiting for this meeting and joyous final cannot be taken as a reason not to seriously look at the present moment. Because the joy and enjoyment of the final gathering will precisely be the better depending upon each one’s contribution, in our present life, to the cause of the Kingdom of God.
Today, all of us are reminded that each and every one of us have the responsibility to live faithfully in accordance with the laws and customs, the ways and the many other directions that God has provided for us through His Church and through all the gentle reminders that He has given to us all these while. And we should be inspired today by one of the Lord’s great saints, whose feast we are celebrating, namely that of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a holy woman and a most devout servant of God..
St Elizabeth of Hungary pray for us!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA