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Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 1:26-31

Responsorial Psalm: PS 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21

Gospel: MT 25:14-30

 

Homily

In the parable of our Gospel today, Jesus admonish his disciples to be trusted stewards. This parable reminds us as well that everything we have and are belongs to God. He expects that we nourish and enhance everything He entrusted to us in order to serve Him and further His Kingdom here on earth.

Jesus said at the conclusion of the parable, “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.” With this Jesus gives the lesson about the parable. This lesson is not only for the 12 disciples but for all of us as well.

From this, it is obvious what God wants from us as His stewards. Everything in this world, even our life,  entrusted to us remain to belong to God. He wants us to show our acceptance of the gifts and blessings and everything around us that we take care of it.  As trusted stewards, we take care of God’s gifts by nourishing it, improving it, and using it not for oneself but for God.

The three servants in our Gospel were called upon the return of their master to give an accounting of what was entrusted to them. The first two were able to give back to their master a 100% profit of the , while the third servant just returned to the master what was entrusted to him. The master rejoiced at his trusted servants profits while he was unhappy with the “wicked, lazy servant.” To the trusted servants, the master entrusted to them with great responsibilities, with much greater trust. Their master said to them, “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.”  To the lazy servant, the master said, “Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten… And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” It was an insult to the master that this servant did not use and improve the talent given to him. As a result, what little he has was taken away from him. But to the trusted stewards, more were given to them.

In the same way, God expects from all of us that we use, nurture and grow everything He entrusted to us not just for ones own progress in life but more important we use it for Him. It does not mean that we return to Him everything. It only means that we are generous to God out of His generosity to us. Our generosity to God can be expressed in so many forms. Donating 10% or more from your income to the Church and other charities, offering your talents and other abilities to the service of God, and spending your time  with God and doing His work are some of the major things that express our being God’s trusted servants.

Let us remember that by using what we receive from God to serve Him, God will entrust to us even more gifts, talents, blessings both financial and spiritual because we are His trusted stewards.

 

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