Gospel of the day
Wednesday November 22, 2017
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 19:11-28.
While people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom of God would appear there immediately. So he said, "A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.' His fellow citizens, however, despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, 'We do not want this man to be our king.' But when he returned after obtaining the kingship, he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading. The first came forward and said, 'Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.' He replied, 'Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.' Then the second came and reported, 'Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.' And to this servant too he said, 'You, take charge of five cities.' Then the other servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding person; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.' He said to him, 'With your own words I shall condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was a demanding person, taking up what I did not lay down and harvesting what I did not plant; why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.' And to those standing by he said, 'Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.' But they said to him, 'Sir, he has ten gold coins.' 'I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.'" After he had said this, he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
Commentary Saint Bernard
The Word of the Father, only-begotten Son of God, Sun of justice (Mal 3:20), is the great merchant who has brought us the price of our redemption. It is a truly precious exchange that we can never value sufficiently when a King, son of the King most high, has become the coin, the gold has paid our dues, the just man is given for the sinner. Truly unmerited mercy, perfectly disinterested love, astonishing goodness…, it is a completely disproportionate purchase in which the Son of God is delivered up for the servant, the Creator is put to death for the one he has created, the Lord is condemned for his slave. O Christ, these are your works, you who descended from heaven’s brightness into our hellish darkness to bring light to our gloomy prison. You came down from the right hand of the divine majesty into our human misery to redeem the human race, who descended from the Father’s glory to death on the cross to triumph over death and its author. You are the only one and there is no other but you who could have been drawn to redeem us through your own goodness… Let all the merchants of Teman (Bar 3:23) withdraw from this place…: it is not they but Israel [your] beloved that [you have] chosen, you who hide these mysteries from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to those babes and humble servants of yours (Lk 10:21)… O Lord, I willingly embrace this purchase since it concerns me! I remember all the things you have done, you who desire that I should keep them alive… Therefore I shall profit by this talent you have loaned me until your return and will stand before you with great joy. God grant I may then hear these sweet words: “Well done, good servant! Enter the joy of your Lord” (Mt 25:21).
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