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Faith Daily | 16 November 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p603

Almighty God,

whose sovereign purpose none can make void:

give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world,

knowing that your kingdom shall come

and your will be done,

to your eternal glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.



GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 19: 11-28


11 As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12So he said, ‘A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. 13He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.” 14But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, “We do not want this man to rule over us.” 15When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. 16The first came forward and said, “Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.” 17He said to him, “Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.” 18Then the second came, saying, “Lord, your pound has made five pounds.” 19He said to him, “And you, rule over five cities.” 20Then the other came, saying, “Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.” 22He said to him, “I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.” 24He said to the bystanders, “Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.” 25(And they said to him, “Lord, he has ten pounds!”) 26“I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.” ’


28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev’d Jan

Tom Wright makes the comment that this parable (which also appears in Matthew’s Gospel) gave ‘talent’ a new meaning. Many of us have experienced sermons and reflections on use of our gifts and talents, not holding these back from God, etc. However, Tom Wright goes onto say that that this ‘new meaning’ has become so common that….

We don’t realise how far we have domesticated a warning about more serious matters than developing one’s personal potential and skill. ………. Let us not trivialize Jesus’ teaching.

He goes onto say …


The original setting is Jesus’ warning, not of a far-off event at his ‘return’, but of YHWH’s coming at last to Israel to seek the fruit from the vineyard planted so long ago…… Jesus’ warning is clear: unless Israel makes good and swift use of her privilege and responsibility as God’s people, chosen for the sake of the world, the privilege will at last be withdrawn. Jesus stands in the line of the great prophets, looking for justice and discovering corruption, looking for virtue and discovering vice – and warning God’s people that, though they will plant vineyards and not share the crop, in the moral sense they will most certainly reap what they sow.

In all subsequent generations, this is confronting teaching by Jesus. Jesus came for all people, to challenge especially though God’s people with that privilege and responsibility of caring for all that God has made – not just for survival, but to bring joy and growth to the good news (in Christ) of God’s love and intention for all creation. It would seem we are burying a lot of this responsibility in the ground.


FINAL PRAYER Collect Prayer ABPA p603


Everliving God,

before the earth was formed,

and even after it shall cease to be, you are God.

Break into our short span of life

and show us those things that are eternal,

that we may serve your purpose in all we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

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