KINGDOM of ANOTHER CHANCE (Lk 19:11-28)
Please let me share with you two simple points.
First, it is very interesting to see that the reason why Jesus tells this parable is because Jesus is near Jerusalem and the people think that the Kingdom of God will appear there immediately. It seems that Jesus tells the story about the king who gave each of his servant one gold coin to do business for him as a response to the expectation of the people around him regarding the coming of God’s Kingdom. What Jesus is basically saying is that people listening to him, including ourselves, should not be concerned too much about what will happen in the future but should be focused on the present, the Now, this very moment. We should try to live and grow as fully as we can, right now. We only have the presence to actually live and enjoy.
We recall Jesus says somewhere else that the Kingdom of God is already in the midst of the people. The Kingdom of God is not a solely futuristic reality but it is a present reality. In other words, we are already in the reality of God’s Kingdom. Jesus is the presence of the Kingdom. Those who are in Jesus and follow his spirit have already lived in the Kingdom.
Second, each servant is given only one coin but they produce differently. Some can make 10 more coins, some 5 more coins, perhaps some only 1 more coin. But as long as there is something more, the king is satisfied and happy. He accepts whatever people can contribute to him. He does not compare. This is very important fact that we need to keep in mind: Our King does not compare. He welcomes and accepts us at who we are as long as we try to grow.
I wonder what reaction the King would have if there is one servant who lost the only coin that the King gave him. In the light of what we read, I think the King would say to that servant: “No problem. You have tried to make more. Good try! Here is another coin. You can try again and good luck.” My dear friend, I do not imagine this case out of nothing. Actually, I based my imagination on a very firm fact in our Catholic tradition: God never gives up on us but always gives us another chance. This is very good news for each of us when we face our own weaknesses and failures.
Let’s spend some time during our day in thanksgiving because the Kingdom of
God is already here with us and we are living in that Kingdom when we love, and because our God welcomes us as who we are and always gives us another chance if we need it.
Joseph Viet, O.Carm.