Posted by: livingscripture | November 16, 2008

November 16, 2008 33 Sunday

From the Word of the Day


For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.    (Matthew 25, 29)


How should we live this Word


At first we may be disconcerted by what Jesus says at the conclusion of the parable of the talents.  Instead, we need to grasp its deep meaning within the dynamics of a love that is absolutely gratuitous but that makes us responsible through our freedom.  Each one has received the fullness of gifts and talents.  The measure may differ but none of us knows our personal measure because we are incapable of understanding the vision behind God’s distribution of His gifts.  What counts is believing in the daring of our Lord and Father, who is more Father than owner.


He has trusted each one of us.  He made us responsible for the free evolution of the gifts He has given us by opening roads that make this possible.  To us belongs a return of trust.  Yes, I am like the good soil that receives the seed, multiplies it, and gives it the possibility of becoming wheat.  Thus this is the process; to open myself to receive, without fearing God, but confident in the energy of His love that empowers my fruitfulness.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray:


Father, I give You thanks for each of your gifts, the largesse of Your love.  Do not allow me to bury them through laziness or fear.  What is important is that You continue to make them grow until my very life is transformed into overflowing love.


The Voice of St. Jerome, Church Father


There are many who though being by nature wise and endowed with  keen ingenuity, have been negligent and have corrupted their natural riches through laziness.  There are others, instead, who are somewhat less gifted but with effort and industry, they  have compensated for the lesser gifts they have received.  The former will lose their natural goods and they will see the gift promised to them, given to these others.

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