Scripture: 1st Reading: 1Thess4,9-11; Resp. Psalm: Ps98,1,7-9; Gosp. Accl.: Jn13,34; Gospel: Mt25,14-30
Every one of us is created as a beautiful work of God's creative genius. Every one of us is special in the sight of God. Every one of us is unrepeatable. From the foundation of the world till its end, there was never, is never and will never be any one like us. This is because God the Creator took His time to fashion each of us.
Each of us is therefore unique. God created us with our gifts, endowments and special qualities that no one has it in the measure and in the particular way we have it. This is why it is a waste of life if we refuse to utilize whatever endowments, gifts and talents that we have for our good, for the good of others and for the promotion of the work of making Christ known and bringing His message to our world.
That is the point our Lord made very clearly in the gospel passage today. The man in today's gospel gave different talents to three of his servants. He did this as a mark of the great trust he had in them. This man was just because he gave to each according to his ability. He expected each of them to be fruitful and productive so as to justify the great trust he had in them.
Two of the servants justified their Master's trust. They multiplied their talents to the admiration of their Master. The joy of the Master was in the fact that they were faithful in little things. The same could not be said of the last servant who thought his master was unfair by giving him the smallest talent and accused his master of reaping where he did not sow and gathering where he did not plant, thereby accusing his master of stealing, oppressing and manipulating others for his own benefit.
The problem here, as pointed out by our Lord, lies in the wastefulness of this servant. He wasted the great opportunities offered him by his master. He was judgmental and hateful of his master's intentions. In his foolishness, he forgot he could have done other things with the talent given to him. He could have invested it wisely even without working with it.
The servant in this parable could have been wiser. He was not because he did not realize that the bottom line was love. The servant did not love His master. He despised his master's actions. He refused to work with his hands and improve on what he had been given.
The word of God today teaches us that every one of us has been blessed by our God and Creator. We are unique. That is the reason we must use our gifts for the glory of His name. We must be careful to apply ourselves positively to the responsibilities the Lord has given to us. It is important to discover our gifts and use them. It is important that we bear good fruit for the kingdom.
Let us pray: Lord our God, you are the Giver of all gifts. We acknowledge that you have created us specially for specific purposes. Open our eyes to discover the talents you have given us. Give us your grace to be contented with what you have given us and use it maximally for the service you have entrusted to us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.