01 Sep 2018; Something that Makes Nothing Everything


Saturday of 21st Week in Ordinary Time

R1: 1 Cor. 1.26-31; Gospel: Mt. 25. 14-30

Today’s readings invite us to reflect on God’s gifts that enable us make a difference in our lives and in the world. History is full of examples of people who made it to the top from being nothing. And we know many by name. But the question is, what do you mean by nothing. Nobody makes it to anywhere from nothing. We are all given something to start with. I’m not even sure if it is right to say that all are given equally. But it won’t be wrong to say proportionally. Our task is to identify that ‘something’ and make the best of it. In today’s gospel we saw how different people made use of the talents given to them. The one who received more and the one who received lesser multiplied or to be more exact doubled whatever they received and was rewarded. The criteria was not how much they received but how they put it to use. That is why the third one was judged to be doomed.

We always want the best… to be represented by the best and to represent the best. Yet surprisingly God chooses the least for himself. If the story of the rabbit and the tortoise has become immortal, if ‘David against Goliath’ has become a catch phrase, it is definitely not because the best won but because,the least dominated the best… it is how the so called ‘nothing’ used that ‘something’ that made them everything.

Instead of grumbling about what we didn’t receive let us count our blessings for all that we have and make the best of it to make a difference in our life and in the world

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