Friday, August 30, 2019
SATURDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2019 - SATURDAY, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1 Thes 4: 9 – 11 / Mt 25: 14 – 30
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 25: 14 – 21, 24 – 30
Jesus told his disciples, "Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them.. He gave five talents of silver to one, two to another, and one to a third.. . .
"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.' . . .
"Finally, the one who had received a talent came and said, 'Master, I know 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 parable of the talents is usually associated with using our God-given talents for the good of all: indeed, we are obliged to make good use, the best use, of talents and gifts given us by God.
The parable can also be applied to improving our capacity to love. God has given us an innate capacity to love others: parents love their children, friendships are made spontaneously, romantic love can bloom effortlessly. Both Paul and the parable urge us to love more! This more can mean loving the unlovable and reaching out to those who are in need. Are we ready to risk more, invest more and reap more love?
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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