Wednesday 22 November 2023

About Today Readings

St Cecilia

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full – Psalm 16(17):1, 5-6, 8, 15. Luke 19:11-28.

The parable of the talents

Today’s Gospel story is a bit disconcerting at first read. It portrays Jesus, the noble who becomes a king, as a tyrant who punishes those who are dishonourable or fail to serve him well enough.

Looking at it more closely, the point of this story is more that no one fully understands the nobleman turned king. The servants are given the coins, and think their task is to make the king wealthier – but they themselves are made richer, or poorer, depending on their fidelity. They think him hard and demanding, but he is in fact generous and kind. This is Jesus’ promise to his disciples.

The enemies of the king think they have the power to stop him, but find that they themselves have no such power. Soon, of course, there will be those who think they can stop Jesus by crucifying him, but they are also wrong.

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