Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2019
Today, in Mercy, Paul again shows his great admiration for the commitment of the Thessalonians:
You have no need for anyone to write you about fraternal charity…
( in other words, you already live it.)
Don’t we all wish that line could be written, without reservation, to us?
In our Gospel, Jesus tells us the familiar parable of the talents which shows what God would look for in order to say as much to us.
On the surface this story looks like one about material goods or personal capabilities – about how we use our individual gifts to further God’s reign. Certainly that is one valuable interpretation.
But think about the talents in the story. They did not belong to the servants. They belonged to the master.
This parable is about God’s talents, God’s nature, and how we either frustrate or facilitate their effectiveness in God’s Creation.
We are the means by which God is present in the world.
God invests God’s own heart in us – Unconditional Love, Lavish Mercy, Infinite Hope, the Perfection of Compassion, Sacred Accompaniment, Abiding Fidelity.
If we tender these divine “talents” to others with care and generosity, we become good and faithful reflections of God’s own presence.
What about the poor soul who buried the talents under his own fear and small-mindedness? Sad, right? But that self-protective, parsimonious little burier hides in all of us.
We know the blockades we put up against God’s Grace. Let us look sincerely at them today, asking to be worthy of the trust invested in us to multiply God’s grace in the world.
Music: Psalm 131 – written by Marty Goetz