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Saturday of the 21st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 31, 2019

Saturday of the 21st Week in the Ordinary Time


1 Thes 4:9-11

Psalm 98:1, 7-8, 9

Mt 25:14-30


 

 Gospel Reading

 

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


The Parable of Talents

 

 

One of the themes of the parable is centered on the servants work with ‘talent’ (money) given to them. The first two servants were industrious and they invested the money and doubled it. The third servant buries it under the ground.

 

Note that the master returns “after a long time” (v. 19).  We can notice here the theme of ‘delay’ as an important element of the parable as in the previous one.

 

God has given us many gifts and talents. We are called to maximize the diversity of gifts and utilize for the betterment of the humanity. It requires collaboration or partnership. Collaboration essentially means a readiness to relate and work in co-operation and harmony with the members of our own community and with the like-minded people of a larger community. We need existential courage to utilize collaborative resources for the welfare of others.

 

Much attention is drawn to the third servant who returns the talent untouched. He acknowledges that he acted out of fear (v.25), he is also found to be guilty of ‘wickedness and laziness’ (v. 26). So he is condemned and the only one talent is taken away from him and given to the first servant.

 

The parable shows that the Christian life before the Parousia of the Lord is essentially a matter of ‘waiting’. But this waiting should not be converted into fearful inactivity. Those who were illustrious, hardworking and faithful were praised and rewarded by the master. The reward here is more responsibility being entrusted by the Master (vv. 21.23) and the reward of ‘entering into the joy’ of the Master.

 

“For all those who have, more will be given (v.29) expresses the fundamental insight that God’s gift calls forth total response from the recipients. The parable thus insists on faithful and generous commitment to one’s mission.

 

What is required is not passivity or inactivity but to be creative, to be enterprising with wholeheartedness, to be active by taking initiatives and even risks and challenges like the first two servants. Every Christian disciple is called to choose to do what is good for the Kingdom growth. All these demands total faithfulness, creativity and commitment to the Lord and mission.

 

Fr. Shepherd Thelapilly CMI

 


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