The Gold Coins

“A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ When 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.

The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’ He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’ Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’ He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’ Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, for 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’ He 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? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’

He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ (And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’) ‘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. But 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.’ ”

(Lk 19:12-27)

This parable is almost a repetition of the previously discussed Parable of the Talents (Matt 25:14-30). The main difference is that each servant received only one pound, which yielded different amounts from each of them. This shows that even persons on the same spiritual level can produce different fruits according to the manner in which they applied the same gifts they received. It could even happen that some would produce nothing, as with the evil one, which indicates retrogression in spiritual development. The lazy one was found guilty “by his own words” and this indicates that each one must judge himself in the Judgment time, as per the Will of the Light.

The more appropriately a human being applies his gifts and the more his endeavor is focused on this, the more will be the corresponding fruits and, consequently, the more valuable will be the blessings which will come to him through the effect of the Law of Reciprocity – the “authority over five or ten cities”.

Once again we observe that everything is in the hands of each human being. As per his seriousness and relentlessness with which each applies his gifts in compliance with the Will of the Creator, the fruits will be correspondingly formed. The ones who do not want to comply with the Laws of Creation, the ones who do not want His Will to rule over them, will be exterminated.

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