November 16

⇒Prayer

Wednesday November 16 – Luke 18:35-43
Opening
Let us place ourselves in the presence of God.
Close your eyes.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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 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 man;
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 man,
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.’
He replied, ‘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.

Reflection
fearYou could be mistaken to think that Jesus is trying to teach us about good economics. But he is not. In many places in the Gospel Jesus warns us about the use of money. Such as the story of the rich man (Matthew 19:16-22) or his instructions not to serve two masters God and wealth (Matthew 6:24). Like Jesus does with other parables he uses the story as a symbol. The symbol of money represents the gifts God has given us. In 1 Corinthians 12:4 Saint Paul talks about a variety of gifts that are given. He goes on to say they are activated by the same Spirit (verse 11). Thus it is not us who know best how to use our gifts, but a higher power.

This parable marks the end of Jesus’ teachings. He is about to enter Jerusalem for his final passion and death. Jesus is saying to us that our choices and decisions in this life matter. We are only here for a short time. God wants us to use our gifts to build the kingdom of God. This kingdom of God is not build from a selfish perspective. This kingdom is built from a perspective which moves well beyond our self. In the words of Nelson Mandela from South Africa – “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave person is not one who does not feel afraid, but one who conquers that fear”.

Intentions
1. We pray that we recognise the many gifts and talents God has given us. May we be willing to make a difference. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

2. We pray that we use the gifts God has given us to build the Kingdom of God. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

3. We thank God for the gifts of others who have helped us a long the way. Our parents, our teachers, and friends. Lord here us.
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Leader – Are there any other intentions?
Response – “Lord here our prayer”

Prayer by Marianne Williamson
Dear God,
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Amen.

Our Father…