The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested. He said therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them: Trade till I come.  But his citizens hated him: and they sent an embassage after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.  And it came to pass, that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  And the first came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.  And he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.  And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.  And he said to him: Be thou also over five cities.  And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin;
 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.  He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow:  And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming, I might have exacted it with usury?  And he said to them that stood by: Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.  And they said to him: Lord, he hath ten pounds.
 But I say to you, that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken from him.  But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither, and kill them before me.
I cannot proceed to make the Gospel meditation without giving praise to the first reading which is really beautiful. The name of the story in 2 Maccabees 7:1-31 is the Martyrdom of a Mother and her seven sons. It may be likened to the condemnation and defilement the Seven Sacraments receives from the world that the Mother Church cares and protects. If you will read the reading carefully, you will notice that there is a pattern of it to the Gospel for this day but both are contrary to one another.
The king in the reading commanded his servants to put to death the Seven Sacraments and the Catholic Church in a very cruel, brutal, and demonic way. Although in the Gospel there is also a King who represents God and put to death those enemies of Him who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ, who was hated and rejected by them, and shows also that they do not want to submit themselves to the Kingship of Jesus Christ thus becoming disobedient to the Will of the Father. In the reading, the devil puts to death those who violates his wickedness and obedient to the Will of God. This reminds me of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence who was cooked alive by the Romans. Although in the reading there is no joke, the indescribable courage and faith they both have even to the point of martyrdom shows how they are committed to Christ and His words of eternal life. St. Lawrence said to his executioners, “Turn me over for the other is cooked already and have a bite!” That’s more likely the translation from Latin.
Now for the Gospel, we are told by St. Luke that the Jews thought they were special for the Kingdom of God will sprout in Jerusalem like a blink of an eye. But Jesus seems to clear their relaxed hopes for they do not know what a great responsibility they will do for the sake of the King Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. That’s why He told a parable that I believe will struck us with HORROR, FEAR, AND TREMBLING if we know the meaning of the parable.
The Parable of the Ten Gold Coins maybe likened to the phases of Jesus Christ’s action in accordance with the scriptures. These are the Incarnation, Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, and the Parousia.
We are told that Jesus Christ went off to a distant country gives the Ascension. Luke 9:13 tells us the Pentecost or the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, commissioned or tasked by Jesus the King to act by the promptings of the Holy Spirit which St. Paul preached in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. If you will go to that second letter of St. Paul, if you counted the gifts of the Holy Spirit which he enumerated as nine and not ten you are going to be wrong. For the first gift is the Holy Spirit Himself; He is God the Holy Spirit! The Gift of God, the Most High!
We are tasked or called by God to trade the ten gold coins – the ten spiritual gifts to everyone together with their fruits – which is ten also that includes the Holy Spirit as one of the ten fruits (Galatians 5:22-23).
In this parable, the servants represent all Christians who were baptized In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).
Now, as the Parousia of the King Jesus is still anticipated which we call the particular judgement and will take place which we call the Final Judgement, He will call all of His servants who received different amounts of gifts that He gave to them when they had received the Sacraments and the Word of God or the Gospels as it was proclaimed everywhere, they will be judged by King Jesus on how they multiplied their different amounts of gold they individually received from the King. Now, he will ask us what we have done to the gold coins we received and how much we have earned by using them.
AND HOLD YOUR BREATH TO THESE WORDS OF GOD! He said to His servant who received ten gold coins and earned another “ten additional ones”, “YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL IN THIS VERY SMALL MATTER; TAKE CHARGE OF TEN CITIES.” WHAT DID GOD SAID!? THE MISSION WE HAD RECEIVED FROM GOD IS VERY SMALL MATTER TO HIM! But because the servant has been faithful in his mission WHICH IS A VERY SMALL MATTER, he was commanded to do another mission: to take in charge of ten cities which is the King Jesus’ great reward to him.
Then to the servant who had five gold coins and earned five additional ones; he received five cities to take in charge of.
But there was a servant who received a gold coin which he kept and stored away in a handkerchief because he was afraid of the great King who is a very demanding person, demands every living human person to be saved by the light and truth and to go to heaven and demands all baptized Christian to act on the great demands of Christ the King. The King is taking up and is harvesting all peoples of the world even those who did not really know who Jesus Christ is but lives or acts according to the Will of the Father. This is what the servant feared for if this is the case, why should he use his gold coin or gift he had if God is a demanding person and will use all means to save all and will use the gold coins of the other servants for a much earnings; then why must the servant use his gift which seemed useless and cannot be used as a means to profit?
But God’s thought and ways are of course far more superior than us, the reasoning of the servant to God is not in accordance as to what God thinks or God wills. The servant is illogical and foolish, out of reason, and not thinking very well, not using his common sense or good sense plus the light, faith, reason, truth, and love that were authored by God and sourcing from God. He ignorantly and stupidly wasted the gift of gold he received from the demanding King. Why did not put it in a bank? Or place it where it can be multiplied without you working for it laboriously? The bank is the Church – the Catholic Church – the Universal Church which lives and exists in prayer and by prayer of the Church Triumphant with Queen Mary as their Mother in prayer, Church Militant, and Church Suffering, together with the prayers of the Angels of the Third Hierarchy who are in charge of human affairs – the Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. If the gold was put here, it will circulate greatly in the Church if it was put here as a prayer. It will at the end be collected by God with interest.
But the servant had nothing now. For those who have, more will be given and for those who had no gift or possession, even what he has will be taken away from him. That’s why we are called to multiply our graces and blessings and gifts that God gave to us through the Sacraments, sacramentals, and prayers of the Church that God gave to us like God gave us the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Queen and Mother. And for the enemies of Jesus Christ the King, they will be killed before Him and be damned totally to the hellfire.
Here are some points to consider:
1 The earthly kings of this world can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. What we must fear is the flames of eternal damnation that can kill the soul once God damns us there. So we must live according to the commands of the King Jesus Christ who leads the soul to eternal life.
2. We must be obedient to God and to His laws even to the point of martyrdom.
3. We must all know the serious demands of the Gospel. Once we found it, we must effectively and efficiently work for it; if we let ourselves to be ignorant even to the Gospel and the raw materials that are at hand for us to use and multiply, if we do not work for it, exceeding beyond our best, then, we will be damned!
4. Let us go and set the world on fire!
5. Let us live imitating the Friar Preachers or the Dominicans: we must live in poverty, study, and prayer. Let us preach in actions and in words.
6. Contemplata aliis tradere – Contemplate and give to others the fruits of contemplation.
7. We must let the Holy Spirit work in us and let us use and multiply the gifts we received from God whether material gifts or spiritual gifts according to how God thinks.
“Jesus, I trust in You.” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
“LET US PREACH THE GOSPEL AT ALL TIMES. USE WORDS WHEN NECESSARY.” – St. Francis of Assisi
To the greater glory of God!
Mary H. Distributist