The Gift

31 August 2019. Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)

As part of the seminary’s holistic formation, I had my parish apostolate in our diocese last summer. This exposure brought me to many different realities of life in the parish. I personally met a lot of people of different walks of life and I got introduced to the different ministries of the Church. One of the many ministries I was tasked to observe was the parish youth ministry – one of the busiest ministry during Lenten season. Its mission was to present a “Live Way of the Cross” which was presented along the national road of Bulakan, Bulacan. It was not an easy task because all fourteen Stations of the Cross were positioned along the stretch of two-kilometer road.  I must say that I was astounded with the outstanding performances of these parish youth. It was an explosion of gifts, talents and much dedication to evangelization as one of the many primary works of the Church. The heartfelt drama and giftedness of these youth brought many, including me, to reflect on the life, passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                 The youth is the wealth and the energy of the Church. God has given them much gifts and talents to show the faithful the vibrance of our faith through their different animations. It is an encouraging thought that these youth blessed with different talents are using these God-given abilities in a productive way, much more, for the glory of God.

                The Gospel invites us to recognize the different gifts and abilities that God has graced us which we need to improve and multiply. What endeavours are we using our talents? Is it for the glory of God and for the benefit of the Church? Or are we just idle towards these God-given talents? This year of the youth, let us emulate the passion and dedication of the different youth group in our respective parishes and renew our commitment in actively participating in the vineyard of the Lord with our talents. Each of us has something to offer to one another. May our talents and abilities find its place in the vineyard of the Lord of the Harvest.

The Gospel Today

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.'”

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