Wednesday, November 16, 2016
More Will Be Given
“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.’” Luke 19:26
Jesus chooses us from the world to cultivate his harvest. Pray that we may bear fruit abundantly.
This parable has nothing to do with gold coins except as a symbolism for the talents we are given at birth. The faithful and productive servant uses those talents to build up the Kingdom.
Putting our natural talents to use has nothing to do with high finance. However, it requires us to come out of our comfort zone and take the risk of working towards God’s goals and purposes, not our own.
If we choose to accept Jesus as king, we must lead risky lives. It is tempting to duck for cover and search for a safe way of accommodating to the system while waiting for things to get better. But ducking for cover is the one action Jesus condemns in the parable. The servant who tries to avoid risk is singled out as unfaithful. We are not told what would have happened if the other two servants had lost money on their investments, but the implication is that all investments made in faithful service to God are pleasing to him, whether or not they achieve their intended payoff.[i]
Today is the anniversary of the deaths of several people who led risky lives for Jesus. In the early hours of November 16, 1989, commandos of the Salvadoran armed forces entered the university campus and murdered six Jesuits, together with two women who were sleeping in a parlor attached to their residence. Remember the Jesuits and their friends who were martyred on Nov. 16, 1989 in El Salvador. Remember, pray and always stand up, even when it is risky, against repression and violence.
Their full story, as told by Dean Brackley, SJ, a brave American Jesuit who volunteered to work in El Salvador after their martyrdoms, is here. http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20091116_1.htm. He explains:
[T]he UCA martyrs were killed for the way they lived, that is, for how they expressed their faith in love. They stood for a new kind of university, a new kind of society, a ‘new’ church. Together with their lay colleagues, they wrestled with the ambiguities of their university in a country where only a tiny minority finished elementary school and still fewer could meet the required academic standards to enter university and to pay the tuition fees. The Jesuits and their colleagues concluded that they could not limit their mission to teaching and innocuous research. Yes, they did steeply scale tuition charges according to students’ family income. More importantly, they sought countless ways to unmask the lies that justified the pervasive injustice and the continuing violence, and they made constructive proposals for a just peace and a more humane social order. As a university of Christian inspiration, they felt compelled to serve the truth in this way. That is what got them killed.[ii]