Luke 19:11-13,15-24 NRSVue

11As 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 region to receive 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.’ 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 doing business. 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.’

Some thoughts on this scripture

God takes risks for us, so let us take risks for God. By taking risks we gain confidence, experience and productivity. Grant me initiative and courage, Lord, on all levels of living. Let it be said of me that I tried to do great things for you.

The Kingdom does not appear in us immediately. Growth in relationship with God needs long, slow cultivation. In this instant age of ours, help me to be patient. May my commitment to Sacred Space transform me over the years, so that I become more and more like you.