02 September 2017: Accountability

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Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: 1 Thes 4: 9-11; Gospel: Mt: 25: 14-30

The word ‘talents’ in today’s gospel is actually referring to material possessions; yet it also perfectly gets along with the meaning of the English word ‘talent’. Talent is explained as a natural ability to do something well.

Let us now identify ourselves with the Gospel characters, considering the master in the parable as God the Father who created us and the slaves as ourselves. Each one of us, like the slaves, is gifted with talents. Some are gifted with one and some with a few. But, none can say that they are not gifted at all. God, knowing each of our ability has surely gifted us with talents. Now the question is this: What have done with the talents?

The Gospel is reminding us that we are accountable for what we have received. Are we like the two slaves who used their talents and received appreciation with their gifts being doubled or are we like the one who buried his talents, did nothing, bringing God’s anger and disgrace of even loosing what he had? Let us become conscious that ‘what we are’ is ‘what God has granted’ and ‘all that we have’, ought to be for the glory of God. The uninterrupted attempt to build the kingdom of God with all that we are capable of is a basic necessity. When the day comes to stand before the Lord, let us not repeat like the slave: “I was afraid,and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” Let us become fruitful and accountable.

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