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Sunday, 15 November 2009 04:39

N ow we might also try to get by in a passive manner, just going with the crowd and getting along, but the author of Revelations says of people such as this that "I shall spit you out because you are neither hot nor cold" (3:16).

Wednesday in the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31

Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15

L uke 19:11-28 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. (12) He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return. (13) Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.' (14) But his citizens hated him and sent an embassy after him, saying, `We do not want this man to reign over us.' (15) When he returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by trading. (16) The first came before him, saying, `Lord, your pound has made ten pounds more.' (17) And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' 18 And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.' (19) And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.' (20) Then another came, saying, `Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin; (21) for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.' (22) He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay  down and reaping what I did not sow? (23) Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?' (24) And he said to those who stood by, `Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has the ten pounds.' (25) (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!') (26) `I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. (27) But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'" (28) And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Meditation by Chas Kestermeier, S.J.

In today's readings we find the stories of two kings.  One man is named king in the gospel, yet certain of the people who will be his subjects resist his authority and power, contest his right to be their leader; at the end of the tale the man named king simply and highhandedly has these people killed.  In the reading from Maccabees, the mother and her seven sons choose to remain faithful to the eternal king, God himself, at great cost to themselves, not only the loss of their lives but also the great pain which they suffer.

There is much more in these readings, but we might focus on the question of where we ourselves place our allegiance and loyalty.  Who or what is ultimately in charge of our lives?  Who or what do we depend on for our life and direction?

We have two possible choices: we can completely turn our backs on God and reject who He is and what He asks of us.  We can deny that Jesus has any power over us, that He has a word to say about who we are, and we can even deny that He exists.  We can live in total independence of Him and live more or less comfortably on the level of things and the satisfaction that they give us.  This self-centered isolation is what we call "sin," and Jesus will let us live that way, eternally, if that is what we want.

Or we can be enthusiastic, can truly embrace our King and devote ourselves to Him, letting Him change our lives.

Now we might also try to get by in a passive manner, just going with the crowd and getting along, but the author of Revelations says of people such as this that "I shall spit you out because you are neither hot nor cold" (3:16).

Am I really satisfied with a life limited to consumer goods, the media, and corporal satisfactions?  Is "passive" and "getting by" enough for me?  Or do I want to consciously choose my life and my loves and be responsible for who I am?  Will I take my life into my own hands --- and put it firmly into the hands of our King, our God's hands?

Supplementary Reading

Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to him, 'Master, I want to see.' – Mark 10:51

B ad things happen. One day, my 24-year-old nephew, PJ, got really sick. MRI results revealed a blood clot the size of a golf ball. His attending physicians recommended immediate operation. The cost of operation: P1.5 million!

Some things we cause to happen. Before signing the consent for the operation, I asked my sister that we pray over PJ and ask the Lord in a very specific way that he be given a new brain. We also prayed that he wouldn’t need to be operated on since we couldn’t afford it.

Miracles also happen. First, we were able to get a reservation under a charity ward in a different hospital that handles such cases. Next, the neurosurgeon who worked in that hospital was a long-time friend of my brother-in-law. Then, after an exhaustive and intensive battery of tests in the newhospital, which included an angiogram, the final doctors’ report said there was no need for an operation and that the blood clot had disappeared!

Bad things happen. So do miracles. --- Hermie Morelos


“Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.” (Philip Melanchthen)
Jesus, You are the God of the Impossible! I put my trust in You.

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