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.
You are His property
1) The Kingdom: People thought that the Kingdom was going to appear at any moment. The Kingdom of God is built day by day; because that’s how life is. It is an ongoing process; a continual construction; building a structure that goes slowly. Nothing is achieved from one day to the next, and if you achieve it from one day to the next, simething is not right; when it happens too quickly you must be corrupt… corrupt in life.
2) Fellow citizens: They are those who play behind your back. These are the ones that hug you and tell you they love you very much, but when you turn around, they stab you in the back. They are those who hate seeing others’ success; others’ growth. But, you might also be one of them because of jealousy and envy. These two things attack us frequently and make us suffer. The Church has paid dearly for jealous brothers; for envious brothers. Even false statements have been invented to blame someone innocent, out of pure envy. This makes the church, our society, and everyday people suffer a lot. There are people who have lost their jobs because of the envy of the boss or a superior. How hard, how ugly, how difficult it is to go through this. Life is demanding.
3) Produce: Today, God asks you to be a producer in life. He asks you to do the marketing of God’s grace and His kingdom. At some point in your life you felt God’s mercy and you have received His grace. You belong to God and He is asking you to take him to different places; wherever you go. God asks you to keep Him in your heart in order to take Him to others, and share Him with the hearts in need of God’s peace.
Come on, there are people who need you because you are valuable. You are worth a lot.
Let’s keep going, because heaven is our goal !
God bless you in the name of the Father, and the son, and the Holy Spirit.