Father Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Wednesday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time, November 16, 2022
Luke 19:11-28 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111622.cfm
Please take a moment to read and pray over the gospel.
Zacchaeus received Jesus with boundless joy.
When I can’t love as much as someone needs, God can. One word sticks out in today’s gospel and carries great importance. That word is “trade.” The nobleman’s told the servants to “trade” with the coins he gave them. That meant getting out of the house and meeting people, offering what the nobleman gave them. If the first person did not accept it, go to another —Trade, trade, trade.
Of course, the coins represent the gifts that God has given each of us. Like the servants, we could do nothing to deserve these gifts, but we are responsible for sharing them with others. We discover God’s blessings when we love someone for their good.
I like to think of the gift of God for others in us as how he loves and works through us for the good of others. Another word for “trade” would be “available.” Do I make his love “available” to people I meet daily?
Maybe they need prayer, kindness, or me to rejoice when good things happen to them. Maybe they need me to trust them or stay with them through tough times and support them in those tough times. However many needs there are, God’s love will never run out. Why? Because the love in our hearts for them is supernatural, and his love is infinite. When I can’t love as much as someone needs, God can.
The Gospel Challenge:
The poor man who buried his one coin in himself loved only himself. He loved with only human love. He was afraid to trade. So, he was only available to himself. Let us commit to the Lord to trade his gift of love with as many people as possible.
IGNITE THE FIRE.
God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.