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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 30, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We all receive gifts and necessary skills from God so that we might prosper Him by the many souls we lead back to His heavenly Kingdom through the love we receive from Him. And by doing so we give Him proper thanks and Glory for all that He has lavished on us abundantly. The heavenly tasks He assigns us are not separate from our earthly tasks, they are the same if not more and yet well within our capabilities.

Do we heed His call for duty? Or do we drown it out with our own voices and that of the world? Do we mock our loving God by our excuses? Do we give in to inertia, sloth or indifference?

Let us invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts so that He might guide, counsel and strengthen us to do our Father’s Will; so that we may one day hear Him say to us “Well done, my good and faithful servant, come share in your Master’s joy.” Amen.

GOSPEL
Matthew 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. one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off Likewise, the 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.’”