The Parable of the Ten Gold Coins
The people thought that the kingdom of God would appear immediately. But Jesus makes a point that God’s kingdom will not appear immediately. It is already started but not yet completely fulfilled. And so for the meantime He advises us to work for the kingdom, that is, to use all our talents, blessings and graces to give glory to God and do good for our neighbor. But specifically He calls us to repentance. Repentance means to change one’s mind or purpose. In terms of the kingdom, The Word in Life Study Bible, (1993 pp. 18-19) says, it involves:
- A change in allegiance. If Christ is the King, He deserves our honor, loyalty, and obedience. We put ourselves under His authority and power. Whatever He says, we determine to do. That’s the point of the oft-repeated lines in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
- A change in expectations. One of the difficulties people have with the idea of a kingdom is that it doesn’t appear to be in place yet. And the world seems to grow farther away from God day by day. As a result, it’s easy to live for the here and now, as if this present life is all that matters. But in the kingdom there is far more to life than what we see right now. Jesus promises in regard to a future kingdom even if it may not yet be fulfilled completely but it has been established and will last forever (Matt 6:13).
- A change in values. Our culture values achievement, success, independence and image. Other cultures value other qualities. But the values of the kingdom reflect what matters most to God. Jesus described a number of His values in Matthew 5:3-10 known as the Beatitudes. Many people adopt these Kingdom values and make choices that reflect those values in their jobs, families and communities.
- A change in priorities. The real test of people’s values is how they spend their time and money. Jesus speaks directly to that issue in terms of the kingdom (Matt 6:24-34). He did not demean the value of work or diminish the need for material goods. But He challenged His followers to bring kingdom values into their day-to-day lives. “Seeking first the kingdom” (Matt 6:33) puts a Christ-like perspective on one’s work and its outcomes.
- A change in lifelong mission. Some people are driven to accomplish great tasks with their lives. Others live aimlessly from day to day, lacking purpose or direction. Either way, Jesus affects the outlook of a person’s life. He gives His followers purpose and a mission: to live as subjects of the kingdom and promote kingdom values in everyday life and work. Ultimately, He wants His followers to extend His message to the ends of the earth, so that all people have the opportunity to give their allegiance to Him as their Savior and King (Matt 28:18-20).
Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD asked: “Are there areas in your life that do not welcome change because you think they are good enough already? Remember, the good can easily become the enemy of the better.”
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