To everyone who has, more will be given

Published November 17, 2021, 12:04 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Luke’s Gospel parable is quite similar to Matthew’s parable of the Talents (25:14-30). The “talents” in Matthew are replaced by mnae (rendered as “gold coins”) which are of smaller value. The nobleman who goes off to a distant country and returns later after obtaining the kingship symbolizes Jesus who will return at the Parousia and will ask an accounting of the believers’ life and discipleship. The two servants who have invested their gold coins will be rewarded, while the third servant will be punished for his complacency. If we are entrusted with gifts and capacities by the Lord, we have to use them, otherwise we would lose even the little that we have.

GOSPEL • 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 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 man; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.’ …4And 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.’ ”

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