Saturday, November 18, 2017
33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
November 19, 2017 - 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Prv 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 / 1 Thes 5: 1-6 / Mt 25: 14-30
GOSPEL READING: Mt 25: 14 - 30
Jesus said, "Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two to another, and one to a third each according to his ability; and he went away.
"He who received five talents went at once to do business with the money and gained another five. The one who received two did the same and gained another two. But the one with one talent dug a hole and hid his master's money.
"After a long time, the master of those servants returned and asked for a reckoning. The one who received five talents came with another five talents saying:
'Lord, you entrusted me with five talents, but see I have gained five more with them.'
The master answered: 'Very well, good and faithful servant, since you have been faithful in a few things, I will entrust you with much more. Come and share the joy of your master.'
"Then the one with two talents came and said: 'Lord, you entrusted me with two talents; I have two more which I gained with them.' The master said, 'Well, good and faithful servant, since you have been faithful in little things, I will entrust you with much more. Come and share the joy of your master.'
"Finally, the one who had received a talent came and said, 'Master, I know that you are an exacting man. You reap what you have not sown and gather what you have not invested. I was afraid, so I hid your money in the ground. Here, take what is yours.' But the master replied, 'Wicked and worthless servant, you know that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not invested. Then you should have deposited my money in the bank and you would have given it back to me with interest on my return.
'"Therefore, take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who are unproductive, even what they have will be taken from them. As for that useless servant, throw him out into the dark where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."'
The Gospel parable today tells us that we have to be productive in our lives with all the gifts given us by God.
In 2013 Pope Francis tweeted, "Being with Jesus demands that we go out from ourselves, and from living a tired and habitual faith."
It is so easy to live a "status quo" faith, especially if we live in reasonable comfort. We happily continue on "maintenance mode," and do what we have always done, as we have always done: Sunday Mass, some family prayer, occasional charity contributions, perhaps even some participation in the parish.
There is nothing wrong with this, except that the Lord expects something more from us. He demands that we see how gifted we are, not just with material resources and laudable talents but also with dreams to do better before and for God.
None of us can say that we are exempted from somehow bringing and sharing God's Good News to others: that was promised for us at our baptism. Each one of us should realize that, as God's servants and stewards, we are obliged to do well in
small matters in order to somehow dream of accomplishing great things for the Lord.
Today, each one of us, in our own unique way and with our unique talents, is called to be bold and daring for the Lord. What more can we do for the Lord? How do we set the world and our fellows ablaze with God's love and mercy? How do we radiate Christ to our fellows?
Let us be courageous and take heart that we can do more.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BETH NARCISO - NAVARRO
NOEL PETERSON N. DE LEON
IN MEMORIAM (†)
ESPERANZA V AUSTRIA
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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