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THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME NOVEMBER 15, 2020




A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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. Likewise, the one who received two made another two.  But the man who received one went off 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.'"


REFLECTION: " 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."


We are all sinners, aware of the final judgement, and so we strive to gain some virtue and do God's will. Many people do not know God's will of love and mercy in their lives. We have the spoken word of God in the Scriptures. Some read this parable and refuse to heed its warning. Some get angry at being told what and how to act. And some are totally unaware that their sins are abhorrent in the eyes of God and through lack of faith and fickleness of heart will let their salvation slip from their hands.


The end of this story assumes that the servants have kept the talents plus the profit and are given an even better fortune in that the master invites them to come into his world and get more of a share of his prosperity, as much as they can handle and enjoy.


Love and mercy abound. The more love and mercy we receive, the more we are expected to exponentially share the fruits of these gifts with others. We are made His equal when He invites us to share in His joy. Our happiness, rest, peace and satisfaction will grow only when all our efforts are for God.


 

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." (St Augustine)


God Bless you.


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