Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, built in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine the Great
Book of Revelation: 4:1-11; Psalm 150:1-6; Luke 19:11-28
Today's scripture readings are truly a mixed bag. The Book of Revelation gives us a beautiful description of God in His glory and those who worship Him. The Psalm is full of praise for the Lord. The Gospel of Saint Luke is convicting to the point of being, well, a little scary.
In Revelation, a beautiful description of God on His throne in heaven is given. Strange creatures worship Him constantly crying out, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." The Psalmist tells us that we are to "praise the Lord, praise Him for His acts of power, and let everything that has breath praise the Lord."
Finally, we have the Gospel narrative of Saint Luke and so much for beautiful images. In this parable, the master leaves to be crowned king. He is followed by a delegation that does not want him crowned. The master leaves a different amount of money with three of his servants. The first two servants invest wisely while the third servant, in fear of his master, does not. When the master returns, the third servant is cursed, and the money is taken away from him and given to another servant. "To everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away."
Let's do the math. My initial thoughts about the conservative servant are, 'where is "the meek will inherit the earth?" Aren't many of us just like that last servant?' At first, I suspect that I wouldn't take such a risk with the money if it were entrusted to me. However, after doing the math and studying the parable more closely, I decided to take the risk after all.
Each of us is given a gift from God. One of my second grade PREP students was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder in my former parish. He experienced horrible seizures daily, and his parents were told he would not live out the year.
We organized parish prayer groups and began to pray for the healing of this brave youngster. The DuPont Children's Hospital staff had fitted him with a pacemaker that sent electric signals to his brain to help control the seizures. Throughout the course of his treatment and with fervent prayer, he not only lived through the end of that year, but he is now a thriving high school student excelling in his studies. What an incredible miracle! What an awesome God we worship! Sometimes, all we have to do is the math. As the Psalmist reminds us, "Praise God for His acts of power."
Question of the Day: Will you pray “fervently” even in your darkest hours?
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for all of the gifts you bestow on us, both great and small. Amen.