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The parable of the ten gold coins

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MATTHEW 12:46-50

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 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.’ ”…

After he had said this, he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.

REFLECTION

WELL DONE, GOOD SERVANT! The master commends the productive servant in the parable that Jesus tells his disciples as he is approaching Jerusalem. Upon his arrival, the disciples expect that the Kingdom of God will appear there immediately. At this point, they are still not clear about the nature of God’s Kingdom. Their idea is tainted with politics.

The disciples seem intoxicated with Jesus’ popularity and power to heal the sick and the wounded. They are expecting that now is the time to defeat the Romans who exact taxes and tributes from the Jews.

Jesus turns to his adoring followers and tells a parable about a nobleman going to a far country to receive kingship from the emperor. He entrusts his assets to his servants to increase them. On his return he calls for an accounting. The two servants have doubled his assets. The nobleman commends them as good and faithful servants. The third does not do well and is punished.

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 

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