Wednesday of the 33rd Week of the Year

Luke 19:11-28

The Parable of the Ten Gold Coins


The point Jesus wants to make for the people who thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately, is that it will not come immediately.

In our day also some fellows from time to time come along predicting the end of the world in the very near future, on a certain day.

Jesus tells his listeners and us: NOT YET! In the meantime, he advises us to work for the kingdom, to use all our talents of nature and grace to give glory to God and do good for our neighbor.

Some day though, the King will return and ask an accounting of how we used our time and talents, especially the graces he has given us so generously. To bring out his point, Jesus tells the story we just heard. He will praise those of us who have done our best. He will accept no excuse for laziness from us who were too afraid to take any risk because we are too lazy to work and too afraid to face difficulties.

So we know now how it will be. Let us listen then to his advice and with courage busy ourselves with the concerns of God and with promoting his Kingdom. (Fr. Stan Plutz, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


In the parable, Jesus invites us to use the talents we have given by God. Talents here refer not only to natural talents and abilities, such as having a high I.Q. or ability to compose music, to paint beautiful pictures or make furniture, to croquet, and so forth. Talents are also the graces which God gives to us on the supernatural level, for example, the grace to pray, to do good works for the poor and the sick for the love of God. So whatever gifts God has given us can fall under the classification of talents.

Many a person may think he/she has no talent for praying. The person tries praying and finds that she/he can spend even an hour in prayer. Another may feel he/she is shy and cannot deal well with people. He/she joins a group doing some apostolate like making. He/she joins a group doing some apostolate like making house to house visits and finds that he/she can meet people, converse with them, feel for them and influence them in a positive way.

So let us try to tune in on the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, try tasks that we think he asks of us through obedience to our parents or superiors or needs of the people around us. We may discover hidden talents. We can use them and receive the praise of the master, Jesus, when we appear before Him at our death to give an accounting of our life (Fr. Stan Flutz, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


My first thought after reading the rather lengthy gospel for today was just to let it be, and not add any commentary to it anymore because it is already long and it is good enough as it is, and it will not take more time from you, dear reader. Correct, but not quite, because one is better than zero, a little effort is better than no effort at all. When tempted to take it easy and be complacent, remember, the better never comes because we hold on to what we think is good enough already. 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. (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


A story is told about a young freelance artist who tried to sell his sketches to a number of newspapers. They all turned him down one editor told him he had no talent.

But he had faith in his ability and kept on trying to sell his work. Finally he got a job making drawings for a church publicity material. He rented a mouse-infested garage and continued to produce drawings in the hope that someone would buy them.

One of the mice in the garage must have inspired him, for he created a cartoon character called Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney was on his way. It is because of the diligence and perseverance of the young freelance artist that led him to success and at the same time a blessing to many others.

Likewise, the parable of the talents challenges us to cultivate regularly and perseveringly our God-given talents – qualities and virtues to produce good fruits. Like a garden that is taken care of regularly in order to produce flowers our talents are not kept personally or secretly, they must be shared to others. Do I share my talents to others? Is my success a blessing to my community? Could my life of good example help others to come closer to Christ?

Prayer: “My Lord and my God be the King of my heart and thoughts. Help me to make good use of the talents You have given me for the good of others and for Your greater glory. Amen. (Fr. Cris Cancino, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


November 16, 2016 Wednesday

In 1947 a teenage Arab shepherd boy found the first Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave. These are handcopied scripts of the Bible on leather scrolls about 2,000 years old. Jesus could have read from them himself.

The boy sold the priceless scrolls very cheaply to a leather worker in Bethlehem. The buyer thought he could use the leather to repair shoes but later thought the scrolls were too valuable. He turned them over to scholars instead.

These scrolls we know now were copies of the Bible we accept as the Word of God and used to further help Biblical scholars determine the genuineness of the Bible today.

This story dramatizes the point Jesus makes in today’s story about the gold coins entrusted to different servants. One was given ten, another five, and still another, one. What mattered was not how many each one received, but what the servants did with what was entrusted to each. The first two doubled their coins. But he who received only one did not do anything to make it productive.

God entrusts each of us with certain gifts and talents as a test and as a trust. At the end of our life, we will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well we handled what God entrusted to us. We can use them for worthwhile and noble purposes or just want to waste them. But remember that everything that we do with them here on earth has eternal implications. “If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:11). (Fr. Jun de Ocampo, SVD | Archdiocese of Berlin, Germany Bible Diary 2016)


CATECHISM a Day (Lk 19:27): “As for those enemies of mine who didn’t want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.”

SIN (CCC 1850).

Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned what is evil in your sight I have done.” Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become like gods, knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus love of oneself even to contempt of God. In this proud self-exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to Christ’s obedience which achieves our salvation (Fr. Iko Bajos Nov 20, 2013).

WORD Today (2Mc 7:1-31; Luke 19:11-28): Stages of Spiritual Growth:

ELEMENTARY: Most of us start as selfish kids, proud of our abilities, claiming God-given talents as our own and rejecting the need for a Savior (v. 14, Lk 19:14)

HIGH ASCHOOL: We learn to worship God and humbly ask for our needs but still unwilling to share God-given resources (v. 20)

COLLEGE: We learn our calling in life where God wants us to be and how to invest our gifts for the growth of the Kingdom (vv. 16-19).

In the first reading is the MASTER’S DEGREE: 7 brothers offer their lives to God, choosing to die rather than abandon Him. Their mother was at their side all the way, strengthening their faith. She reminds us of Mary who tutored Christ all the Way to Calvary. O Mary, tutor us ‘til GRADUATION DAY  (Fr. Iko Bajos Nov 20, 2013 – Year I)


WEDNESDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 19:11-28. Unsa may angay natong buhaton sa mga gasa ug talento nga gitugyan kanato sa Ginoo? Ang sambingay naghisgot sa usa ka hari nga masaligon sa iyang mga sakop. Sa iyang paglakaw, gibinlan niya sila og salapi nga ilang gamiton sa bisan unsang paagi nga ilang mahunahunaan. Pinaagi niini masukod ang ilang kamatinud-anon ug kamaalagaron sa hari. Ingon usab niini ang gibuhat sa Dios kanato. Gisaligan kita Niya sa daghang mga butang sama sa kinabuhi, kabtangan, kahibalo ug talento. Gihatag kanato ang kagawasan sa paggamit ning mga gasa sa paagi nga atong magustohan. Gawasnon kita nga mag-amping o mag-abuso niini. Gawasnon usab kita nga mogamit niini para sa linaog nga katuyoan o para sa kaayohan sa uban. Dinhi unya masukod ang atong gugma, pagtahod ug pagkamaalagaron sa Ginoo. Posted by Abet Uy

(English) LUKE 19: 11-28. What should we do with the gifts and talents that the Lord gave us? The parable tells of a king who is confident in his subjects. In his way, he left them the money that they will use any means they can think of. By which to measure their fidelity to the king and rendered. So it did to us. He entrusted us with many things such as life, property, knowledge and talent. Given us the freedom to use these gifts in the way we wanted. We are free to exercise or abuse it. We are also free to use them for greedily purpose or for the benefit of others.Here then measure our love, respect and self-serving the Lord.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WEDNESDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 19:11-28. UNSA MAY ATONG BUHATON SA MGA GASA UG TALENTO NGA GITUGYAN KANATO SA DIOS? Ang sambingay naghisgot sa usa ka hari nga masaligon sa iyang mga sakop. Sa iyang paglakaw, gibinlan niya sila og salapi nga ilang gamiton sa bisan unsang paagi nga ilang mahunahunaan. Pinaagi niini masukod ang ilang kamatinud-anon ug kamaalagaron sa hari. Ingon usab niini ang gibuhat sa Dios kanato. Gitugyanan kita Niya sa mga bililhong butang sama sa kinabuhi, kabtangan, kahibalo ug talento. Gihatagan kita Niya’g kagawasan sa paggamit ning mga gasa sa paagi nga atong magustohan. Gawasnon kita nga mag-amping ug mag-abuso niini. Dinhi masukod ang atong gugma, pagtahod ug pagkamaalagaron sa Dios. Si Madeleine L”Engle nag-ingon: “We can’t take any credit for our gifts and talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” Posted by Abet Uy


BURIED TALENTS – This Gospel is being offered for our reflection to focus on the unannounced coming of the master who will demand an accounting from his servants. The point of the parable is not the profit but in how working on our God-given “talents” make or unmake us.

The first two were praised by the master not only because of the dividends they forwarded. The two were praised because in reaping dividends, they have grown to be creative, risk-takers, givers and more prudent individuals. The last one was condemned because he simply hoarded his talents. He buried them. In the process, he did not grow. He remained complacent and mediocre. He remained as is.

The ostrich, like the bull, is considered to be a dumb animal. When frightened, it buries its head in the sand to avoid seeing the impending danger. Wrong choice. A buried head does not eliminate the impending danger. A buried “talent” is just as dumb as an ostrich burying its head in the sand. It’s a totally useless choice.

Let us remember that what we possess on the day of our death, we will leave behind. But who we are on that day will be ours forever. The Gospel is a metaphorical reminder for us to work, not only on building up our possessions, but also — and maybe more importantly — on building up our character.

The challenge of Jesus today could not be more plain. What kind of character will you bring with you when you come before the Lord’s presence? Character is what we bring unto eternity. It is what will decide whether our eternity will be smoking or non-smoking.

What will it be for you? Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: Each day is a blank page that God gives you to write your life story. Write it well.

Rouse me from complacency, O Lord. I claim the grace of passion to be more each day. Amen.


TRUSTED ONE – “Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.” – Luke 19:17

As the only representative of the Philippines in the Asian federation of extreme sports, I was tasked to organize a technical committee to choose team members for an upcoming championship. I invited some of my friends who were pillars of the sport, but only a few were willing to give their services without monetary compensation.

That’s why Mike stood out. I told him we wouldn’t get anything from this event aside from the prestige of bringing the team to represent our country. He said he was willing to help without pay. What he said stuck in my mind because I like people who work with passion and not for money.

So when I was asked to give a recommendation for an international official for the biggest Asian Extreme Sports event in Thailand, I gave Mike’s name. I was confident that he could do the job since I had found him faithful in small matters.

Mike, the team and I flew to Phuket and represented our country in the tournament. He was even given a five-figure honorarium for his services as an international official and is still being tapped to officiate in local and foreign events. Monty Mendigoria (

Reflection: When you’re generous in sharing your gifts without expecting anything in return, you leave God to recompense you with His abundance.

Lord, let Your goodness flow through me. Make me a channel of blessings for others. Amen.


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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