Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary—(1207-+1231) Patron Saint of Bakers, Countesses, Death of Children, Falsely Accused, the Homeless and Nursing Services
2 Maccabees 7:1-20-31, Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15, & Luke 19:11-28
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus challenges the crowds with this parable about responsibility for living the Christian life. The one who reneges and, out of fear, hides his coin loses it. If that is not enough, the one who had ten coins gets the extra one. Finally, to add insult to injury, the nobleman calls for the heads of his enemies. Get the point?
This week's earlier readings witnessed the blind man and Zacchaeus finding their way to salvation. Now today, Jesus gives uncompromising words to the crowd. Why then does it take us so long to get the point? Why does it take so long to turn entirely to God?
Consider this: two friends, Ralph and Jonathan, were fishing buddies. Ralph called Jonathan and told him that he had discovered the best method for catching fish. He tells him that it is indisputable, yet he will not disclose his secret to his friend. Ralph opens his tackle box at the lake, picks out a hand grenade, shows it to a dumb-founded Jonathan, pulls the pin, and throws the live grenade into the lake. "You can't do that, Ralph! You will be arrested. I have a good mind to call the police myself." Ralph picks out another grenade from the tackle box and hands it to Jonathan, and says, "Are you going to talk, or are you going to fish?" Think about it.
Question of the Day: Are you going to talk, or are you going to fish?
Prayer: "I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord."