Readings; 1 THES 4:9-11, Matthew 25:14-30
Today’s Gospel is about the rich landowner who entrusted large amounts of money (talents) to three of his servants. Two of the servants were able to find ways to double their master’s money while he was away. The third servant was fearful so he buried the talent and did not try to use it creatively for his master.
Like the master in the parable, God lavishes us with abilities, strengths, skills, knowledge and many other gifts and invites us to develop and use these precious capacities for others. Gifts appear in individuals but they are given for the community. They are personal but not private gifts. Gifts appear among us to empower our contribution to the group’s life.
God invites, encourages and loves us to become all that we can be. Unlike the master in the parable, even when we are fearful, reticent or feeling inadequate God is there whispering to us through any means or any person who will help us hear the message. We may not know the fullness of the moment right away but when we look back, we will smile and say, God is among us.