Stewards of God

August 27, 2016
The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Monica
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 (Sem. Eldrick S. Peña)

What is the main point of today’s gospel? That we are God’s stewards. Because of God’s love for us, He entrusted us with talents and abilities that we are supposed to develop, use and enrich for His greater glory. Nothing is really ours. All is grace coming from a Father who trusts and loves us so dearly.

But with our stewardship comes great responsibility. Since we have received much, much will also be expected from us just like the master in today’s parable. He has invested much trust and money on his servants and expected that they will be responsible for whatever they received from him when he asks for an accounting.

The seminary formation provides many opportunities for us seminarians to hone and develop our God-given gifts and talents. We are exposed to so many opportunities for personal growth and development for the purpose of equipping us with the right skills and values when we become priests. It is imperative that we come to realize that everything we have, even the talents that we possess are actually not ours but God’s. In a sense, this becomes our guard from engaging much in self-love thinking that all our capabilities and talents are of our own accord. A sense of gratitude is important which will continuously remind us that in everything we do, we are just giving back what is really His. Given this disposition we also become more trusting that God will sustain us and would compensate for what is still lacking after we have done everything for His service and for His greater glory. AMEN.

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