FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
October 23, 2019
WORD of the DAY
That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. (Luke 12: 47-48)
How shall I live this Word?
Also in this parable Jesus dwells on the reality of reward and punishment with the wisdom statement: ” Much will be required of the person entrusted with much.” In fact, even among primitive peoples, this need for fundamental justice emerges: to what is gratuitously received must correspond an easy, if possible smiling, generosity of heart. There are people who are far from rich but capable of appreciating the gift of health, family harmony, good relations with employers, operators, and workers on the land or in the trades or other.
What really matters is that this relationship not only be a wise relationship but also something else. It is a question of understanding well the evidence and strength of this word transmitted by Luke in the Gospel. Whoever also lives the spiritual dimension of life captures the evident correlation between what has been received and what the Gospel calls us to give. Here is how the rich man of the parable will certainly be asked for much more, absolutely more than the poor Lazarus. The question that Jesus addresses today is this: Are the many gifts you received given to live an existence under the sign of beautiful generosity, or blind egoism?
Lord, purify my heart so that I may live the joyful generosity of attention to the needs of my neighbor. I know that You will keep an account, saving me from evil, and preparing me for an eternity of joy.
The voice of St. Francis of Assisi
Limiting the gift beforehand by saying, I will give so much and no more, means giving absolutely nothing.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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