Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"A certain nobleman [eugenes] went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return" (Luke 19:12).

Jesus related the parable of the man of high birth [eugenes] who left one day to go to a far country in order to receive royal authority there. In fact, throughout this parable Jesus was speaking about himself, for he is that man of noble birth who left to go to His heavenly Father to receive royal authority and who will return soon to seek his Wife, the Church. The Greek word 'eugenes' literally means well born, of noble birth, of noble blood, of noble heart and having noble feelings.

God wants to clothe us in this nobility also, even if we are born sinners; we become noble through our new birth in Christ. In fact, we are reborn through the Holy Spirit and we become men and women born of God. It is in Christ, then, that we receive all our identity, our nobility.