"I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away." Lk 19:27
As we near the end of another liturgical year, the church offers us scriptural texts that help us reflect on the the year that is fast slipping away. How have we used the gifts we received? Have we spent them on behalf of the kingdom? Are we richer for having given them away?
Luke's story of the nobleman who gives his servants 10 gold coins and challenges them to multiply his wealth while he is away, reminds us of Matthew's story of the talents but it is very different. Ten gold coins is a very modest gift. Unlike a talent which would have been worth about $25,000, ten gold coins would have been the equivalent of about $200, and it should not have caused the servants overwhelming fear nor been difficult to invest in such way as to provide the nobleman with a healthy profit when he returned.
In other words, Jesus is suggesting that the gospel is easy to grow if we give it away generously. While some might fear that if we "spend" the gospel completely we will have nothing, everything about Jesus' life and death suggests that the more we give away the little we have, the more we will have for ourselves and everyone else who needs or wants it.
Today, worry about living the Gospel today not about what you will need tomorrow.
What are your biggest fears in living the Gospel completely?