The Master Went on a Journey
25:14-30; Lk 19:11-27)
afternoon, Rufina had gone to the market while her children played ďhorsey
horseyĒ in the street. Grandmother Rufa was alone, taking care of Tatico,
the youngest of her grandchildren, when Jesus entered Peterís house.
to sleep, my little baby, ro, ro, ro, rorrito....
Hush, Moreno, this creature has just gone to sleep.... Poor child, with
so much noise around, he canít even get a decent sleep....
grandma, whatís new around here?
gave him an egg to eat, but he wouldnít touch it. This little boy has
lost his appetite...
grandma, I mean, how are things going here....
my son, speak louder, you know Iím hard of hearing!
said, how are things.........
I can say is that this house is full of crazy men, the craziest of which
is my son-in-law, Peter.
do say that, grandma?
asking me? Oh, my son, donít you know the kind of people you go with?....
Come..... Just between the two of us.... I believe youíve got the wrong
think so, grandma?
Matthew, for example... itís not because heís a tax collector, but because
heís a jinx, a goner, Jesus.... Nathanael, the bald guy, is another
one.... I donít like him..... Thomas, the stutterer, is another.....
Hmmm... It takes all kinds in your group!
think so, grandma?... But people can be surprising at times...
donít want them to go to jail.... but.....
said people can do surprising things, grandma... A lot a people just
need the chance to be able to do something worthwhile.... Listen....
There was once a wealthy man who had to go on a journey....
are my stewards? I want the three of you to see me at sunset. Thereís
something weíll talk about before I leave...
Jesus: So they went to see him...
Levi: What is it, master?
Master: Levi, you must have heard that Iíll be away for sometime...
Here.... take these five thousand dinarii... Invest them in whatever
business will be beneficial to you..
Levi: I donít want to brag, master, but rest assured that the
money will be in good hands...
Jesus: Then the second steward came in...
Master: Come over, Jehu.... Here, take these.... they are for
Jehu: Whatís this, master?
Master: Iím leaving two thousand dinarii for you to figure out
what to do with them. Youíll report to me upon my return. Is that all
Jehu: Yes, master.
the money in any business and ....†
Jehu: Hold it, master! I know exactly what to do with the money....
ayayay! Youíll see how much Iíll earn with all this money...!
Jesus: It was the third stewardís turn.....
Master: Here, Mattathias.... take these thousand dinarii... they
are all yours...
Mattathias: A thousand dinarii.... for me..... but why?
Master: Yes, for you..... who else?.... Arenít you my third steward
in the farm?
Mattathias: But, master, I....
Master: Arenít they enough?
Mattathias: On the contrary, master... Pff... now, whatíll I do with
so much money?
Master: Well, invest it! Buy whatever, sell whatever. Make use
of the money! While Iím gone, I want you to manage part of my money,
as Levi and Jehu will do... Is that clear enough?
Mattathias: Well, yes, master... I mean, itís not so clear... but....
pff... Iíll try my best, master.
Jesus: In a few days, Levi, who received five thousand dinarii,
became a shrewd and great businessman...
Levi: I bought horses from you for three hundred dinarii. Thatís
it. Then you returned fifty for the horseshoes I had sold you, but since
I paid you one hundred seventy-five in advance, now I only have to pay
you half of the excess, that is...
Man: Wait a minute, wait a minute, Levi... You gave me twenty-five
Levi: And another twenty-five today, fifty all in all. Plus
the other fifty from the horseshoes , less one hundred seventy-five
included in the payment of one hundred which you had discounted when
I gave you five dinarii for the nails...
Jesus: Jehu, the second steward, who received two thousand dinarii,
was posting a big sign at the door of his house...
Jehu: ďLoans at ten percentĒ... Yeah, this is better... People
know me well and soon they will all crowd here.... To be a good lender,
I must be smart and strict. I can be both... Well, come to think of
it, I can be in any business of my choice... Ha, ha...!
Jesus: Meanwhile, Mattathias, who received a thousand dinarii,
spent seven sleepless nightsÖ
Mattathias: What if I invest in Don Celioís business?... Yeah, but
I donít like this fat man. No, Iíd rather not ask him... Pff.... What
if I buy something.... but what?... Olives....? If they get spoiled...?
No, no, forget it, Mattathias. If I buy, then, Iíve got to sell, and
I need the charm to do it, which I donít have...... Ahuummm....!
Jesus: Time went by..... and after many moons had passed, the
master returned from his trip...
Master: Where are you, my servants? Come, come, I want to see
you right away!
Jesus: Levi, was the first to see him...
Levi: Master, how was your journey?
Master: Very well, Levi, very well. How did your business go?
Levi: Here it is, master. Count it, count it.... you gave me
five thousand.... I earned another five thousand dinarii...
Master: Good work, man!
Levi: I told you everything would be fine, mmmm!.... Just like
honey that passes through the throat. I knew exactly what was in my
hands..... Iím like a cat, you know, who can leap through any wall!
Jesus: Then, Jehu went inside....
Master: What have you got, Jehu?
Jehu: Something better than I had imagined, master! Believe
me, Iíve been very lucky... Look... you gave me two thousand dinarii,
didnít you? Here are your two thousand dinarii... I was able to earn
the same amount...
Master: Good work, man!
Jesus: Finally, Mattathias appeared....
Mattathias: Here is your money, master...
Master: Letís see... eight hundred... nine hundred... one thousand...
But, how much I did give you, Mattathias?
Mattathias: One thousand dinarii, master. Thatís everything, up to
the last centavo. No more, no less....
Master: Didnít we agree that you were supposed to invest it in
something that you might gain from it?
Mattathias: Thatís right, master, we had agreed on that. But, knowing
how stupid I am, if I put this in business I knew I would lose it in
just two weeks. So I decided to keep it and... well, I dug a hole in
the ground and there I kept it until now.
Jesus: His ears were red on account of his embarrassment, and
he was trembling all over. Once again, he experienced the bitter pain
of being a failure....
Mattathias: I am a worthless servant, master. The children in school
used to ridicule me because I was always the last... My mother also
said: ďYou were born dumb, Mattathias, and thereís nothing we can do....
You know better than anyone else, master..... Iím a good for nothing
exactly what I meant to tell you. That guy was a worthless one, irresponsible,
a weakling and a bum!
Jesus: Thatís all right, grandma, thatís all right. Mattathias
was a worthless man. The master was not. He was the generous type, he
had a big heart. Thatís why the story didnít end there....
Master: Iím good for nothing! Iím good for nothing. And the more
you say it, the more you believe it and the more it puts you down! Damn
it, Mattathias! Listen to me very well: next time, Iíll have your ears
pulled if you donít come up with something....
Mattathias: Yes, next time.... but... will you give me another chance,
Master: Sure, because I know you can do it, you can do something
worthwhile. Of course....
Jesus: Later, at one time, the master had to undertake another
journey... He called for his three stewards again. To Levi, the shrewd
businessman, he entrusted five thousand dinarii again, and another two
thousand to the able lender, Jehu. He gave poor Mattathias a thousand
Master: Invest this money until my return. Work hard and cheer
Jesus: The masterís journey was shorter this time. After a couple
of moons had passed, he was back to the farm. He summoned his three
stewards at once....
Master: What did you say, Levi?
Levi: You see, master, this time I had wanted to take things
easy.... there is no hurry, I told myself..... anyway, Iím a very clever
man..... and so....
Master: ....you did not do anything. You were too confident,
werenít you? Levi, I canít believe that with a lot of things that you
could have done...... you didnít accomplish anything.
Jesus: Then, Jehu, the second steward entered...
Jehu: Ahuuummm...! Here are the earnings...
Master: Whatís this? Only three cents?.... Whatís happened?
Jehu: Well, master, life is so difficult, you know.... Ahuuumm...!
Things are not like before...
Master: Youíre not like before. You also got tired of it... You
slept on your glory...
Jesus: Finally, Mattathias arrived, running, his hair in disarray....
Mattathias: Master, look, count this... You gave me a thousand dinarii,
and Iíve got another thousand! I earned it, look! I did it, master!
Master: I knew you would do it, Mattathias. I was sure of it.
Mattathias: That was what pushed me to do it, master. You had so
much trust in me, I felt I had two wings at my back. I was afraid, yes,
but I remembered what you had told me: you can do it, Mattathias, you
can do it.
Master: And you did.
Mattathias: Yeah, I did!... Pff!! With my eyes closed, I went to
purchase some tomatoes. Then I traded them for wool. I put up a shop.
It was not that bad, after all, as you can see... I earned a thousand
Master: You have worked very hard, Mattathias. With so little,
you were enterprising. Now, Iíll give you more dinarii, and more responsibility.
I know you will succeed. Because he who can be trusted with little things,
can also be trusted with big things....
you see, grandma, people can be amazing.... Did you like my story?
I did. But the story, I suppose does not end there.
díya mean, grandma?
course, because if this master gave Mattathias a second chance, then
he should also give the two sleepyheads a third chance, donít you think
right, grandma. God always gives us another chance. Not only a third
one.... He always does.