Saturday 27 August 2022 – ABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

Monica          

1st Reading: 1Cor 1:26-31

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.

Gospel: Mt 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one– to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After a long time, the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then!  Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”                        

ABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The parable of the talents concentrates on the judgment scene. Luke makes a special point to illustrate the importance of stewardship. The steward is expected to do more than protecting the assets of the master. In the parable, the men who received the five talents and two talents respectively function as faithful stewards by investing the money.  The man who received one talent, on the contrary, failed to function as a faithful steward. When the master returns, he rewards the faithful stewards who doubled his money but punishes the one who did not do anything with the money. The God who has created us has entrusted with many abilities (talents) and expects us to be faithful stewards. He wants us to utilize the talents beneficially and do good with them. Do we utilize the talents responsibly and do good with them?  

Prayer:  Lord help me to utilise my abilities in serving you and others.

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(St. Monica) BEING GRATEFUL FOR THE FAITH RECEIVED: Paul reminds us to be grateful for having been brought up in Christian faith, “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” Today many fail to recognize this immense blessing of faith passed on to us by our forefathers. These can only be counted among the foolish servants who prefer to eat and get drunk rather than live with alertness awaiting the end days. St. Monica wept for the wayward life of her son Augustine who was by worldly standards famous and rich. She was concerned about the loss of his soul. How many mothers today get concerned about imparting lessons of faith to their children? Parents have the sacred duty to transmit the most important things of life, the matters of eternal life. “Train a child the way he should go and make sure you also go the same way”. Parents should be faithful servants rooted in faith and living as Christian models for the children. 

(St. Monica) BEING GRATEFUL FOR THE FAITH RECEIVED: Paul reminds us to be grateful for having been brought up in Christian faith, “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus.” Today many fail to recognize this immense blessing of faith passed on to us by our forefathers. These can only be counted among the foolish servants who prefer to eat and get drunk rather than live with alertness awaiting the end days. St. Monica wept for the wayward life of her son Augustine who was by worldly standards famous and rich. She was concerned about the loss of his soul. How many mothers today get concerned about imparting lessons of faith to their children? Parents have the sacred duty to transmit the most important things of life, the matters of eternal life. “Train a child the way he should go and make sure you also go the same way”. Parents should be faithful servants rooted in faith and living as Christian models for the children. 

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HARD WORK: Work is blessed, enlivens and brings reward. When we work, we are utilize that which we have been given by God. Through work, we extend charity in creation. Work and exploitation is an expression of positivity and hope. On the contrary, those who do nothing are champions of hearsays and negativity. To bring out the best within us, we must work hard in the way that Paul advises the church. God has given us talents, and to fully utilize them, we must go out and work. When we discover our talents, we grow them by putting them to work, knowing that one day we shll be accountable to God who gave us the talents. Each has their own and they are required to produce accordingly, failure to do this will result in loss of even what we have.

EVERYTHING IS CREATED FOR GROWTH AND SHARING: There is joy when there is growth. When a child grows and when the seed sprouts, it gives joy to others because of the presence of new life. The biological cycle teaches us that all things depend on each other. Each one has a role to play. The modern culture tries to be progressive moving from stagnation and backwardness. However, this brings in competition which makes people more individualistic than open to other’s benefit. Everybody is worth of something. The competitive world select the strong and reject the weak. But everyone is worthy in God’s sight and he expects us to work hard and develop God’s gifts. God rewards faithfulness and not the quantity of the success.