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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 21, 2018

Wednesday of the 33rd  Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 4:1-11

 Psalm 150:1-6

 Gospel LK 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.

 

 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Christian spirituality can be said to be a progression from giving a present to God to being a present to God. Every prayer is an act of presenting something to God. But more often than not we present to God things that are dispensable. The reason why many of our prayers do not offer us any experience to cherish is that we are not in them. We are missing from our prayers. We are not tied to what is dispensable with us. When the poor widow dropped the only penny she had with her into the offering box, the heaven stopped and took notice. The penny in her grip was her last link to any promise that the world could have made to her. By letting that go, she stood alone in the corner of the temple as trust in God incarnated.


Mary goes much farther. When she uttered “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let your will be done in me,” she was dropping her own very self into the providential hand of God. With those words of commitment, she wrapped herself and made herself a present to God. The only prayer she could have said thereafter was the prayer of praise – her magnificat.


We are living in a praise-deficient culture. We feel our tongue tied when it comes to appreciating and promoting others. As Mary shows praising is not an act of the tongue; it is an act of the being. In praising, one is becoming a present to the other. To be able to praise, we should first surrender our self to the Lord. To be a present to others in the family or in the society, we should first become a present to God.


Rev. Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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