One Minute Reflection – 20 November – Wednesday of the Thirty Third week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 19:11–28 and the Memorial of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti OSB (1827-1922)
“He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.'” … Luke 19:13
REFLECTION – “What have we to offer God? Faith and love. That is where we find what God asks of us, as it is written: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul” (Dt 10:12). These are the offerings and these the gifts we should make to the Lord. And if we are to offer Him these gifts with all our heart, then first of all, we must get to know Him. We must have drunk of the knowledge of His goodness from the deep waters of His well…
People who deny that salvation lay within the power of the our freedom, should be ashamed on hearing these words! Would God ask something from us if we weren’t capable of responding to God’s demand and giving Him what he owed? For there is God’s gift but also our contribution. For example, it was well within that man’s power that one gold coin should make ten or five more but, that the man should possess that gold coin, with which to produce ten more, in the first place, belonged to God. Once he had given God the ten gold coins he had made, the man received a new sort of gift – not money this time but the power and sovereignty over ten cities.
In the same way, God asked Abraham to make an offering of his son, Isaac, on the mountain He would show him. And Abraham, without hesitation, offered his only son – he laid him on the altar and drew out his knife to slay him. But at once a voice restrained him and a ram was given him to be sacrificed in his son’s place (Gn 22). So you see – what we offer God depends on us but, this offering is asked of us, so that, in making our gift, we might witness to our love for God and faith in Him.” … Origen (c185-253) Priest and Theologian – Homilies on the Book of Numbers, no. 12, #3
PRAYER – Lord God, true Light and Creator of light, grant that faithfully pondering on all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence. Protect us by Your power throughout our days, that even as You enable us to begin, do not let us turn aside to any sin but let our every thought, word and deed, aim at doing what is pleasing in Your sight. Listen, we pray, to the intercession of Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti on our behalf. Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God for all eternity, amen.