Today’s Gospel: Luke 19:11-28
Today’s Gospel is good preparation as we approach the Feast of Christ the King this Sunday and then the beginning of Advent. This is a time of preparation and waiting, and not just for the Baby Jesus. We remember that Jesus has promised to come again, and we ready our hearts for his return.
This parable from Luke’s Gospel is sometimes used to teach about stewardship: using our time, talents and treasure that God has given us for the good of the kingdom. It’s good to examine if and how we are being responsible and generous with those gifts — and if we’re not, how we can use the coming time of preparation to begin.
There is another element here, too, that might help us as we approach Advent. At the start of the parable it says that Jesus told His disciples this parable because they thought the kingdom of God was about to appear when they arrived in Jerusalem. Jesus was preparing them for their long wait, the waiting we are sharing in now. The king has gone away and will return; what are we doing in our waiting? He calls the first servant, the one who invested wisely, faithfully. How are we living that faithfulness? What Jesus has offered us will look different — for some it is physical resources, for others spiritual gifts, perhaps even the souls entrusted to our care — but we are called to the same faithfulness, even in our waiting.
The king will return. Are we ready?
What resources has God given you to help Him build up the kingdom?
I am waiting for Your coming, Lord. Help me be Your faithful servant this day.
Copyright 2019 Megan Swaim
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