Daily Bread..

Alleluia JN 13:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved

you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel 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

We often say of someone – she never made the most of herself, or he didn’t achieve his potential. We talk of people burying their talents in the ground. That’s partly what Jesus is speaking about in the story today. He also refers to a greedy and incentive bossman who only wants a good return on his money.

Inside everyone are many personal gifts. Music, art, good listening, compassion, sport, intelligence are some. We are given many gifts and don’t do much to earn their beginning. Everyone in a family has different gifts and something to offer. The story is to encourage us to make the most of our gifts.

Sometimes we get caught into criticism of others and fail to see the goodness inside, and the contribution they give to others. Some have more than others to offer, as in the gospel story.

Like the people in the story who had been given money, they were expected to use these to make more. But the deeper, meaning is that we don’t squander OUR Personal gifts and talents but make the most of them in loving service of others.

It’s not a sin of pride to admit our gifts; when we see the goodness in ourselves we can become humble in the sight of God from whom all good gifts come.

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