August 31,2013

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 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 (Sem. Jason Villafuerte):

     The Gospel for today speaks about the Parable of the Talents. A man going to a journey called his servants and entrusted possessions to them. He gave five talents to the first, two to the second, and one to the third. Then he went away. The first and second servants traded their talents and they made their possessions doubled. However, the third servant dug a hole in the ground and buried his talent there. When the master returned, he asked for the talents and became glad because the first and the second servants had doubled their talents. On the other hand, he became indignant to the third servant because the talent was just kept and did not earn an interest. With that, the talent was taken away from him and he was left with nothing.

     This parable is like the kingdom of God, as Jesus taught in the Gospel. God gave us talents and skills. While he is there in heaven and we live on this earth, he expects us to develop our talents. He gave what we have now, so it is our responsibility to cultivate these gifts, not only for ourselves but more so, for the betterment of the Church and of the world in general.

     It is our experience that we see industrious people progressing all the more, and negligent people suffering from more life’s difficulties. We often exclaim that “rich people become richer and poor people become poorer.” But it is a reality that these people really work diligently to increase and cultivate their talents. And the negligent ones bury their talents on the ground, blaming others for the misery they experience. This reality, though in a material sense, is something we can reflect on.

     On the spiritual sense, in response to the parable in the Gospel, Saint Paul urges the community in Thessalonica to progress even more in terms of fraternal charity. The Apostle affirms that they were indeed taught by God to love one another. And so, progressing in this charity brings about not only a tranquil life to them but to others as well. Saint Paul emphasized the value of minding their own affairs and working with own hands, as the first and second servants did in the parable.

     Thus, the two readings challenge us to develop our talents and skills, and much so, our fraternal charity. God awaits these to progress in us because he wants us to share in his joy when he shows his glory at his coming – when the Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

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