Domingo, 16 de noviembre de 2014

Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

Many of you will remember this song from the musical Godspell: "We Plough the Fields and Scatter." The refrain goes like this:

"All good gifts around us,
Are sent from heav'n above,
So thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord for all His love.
I really want to thank you, Lord!"

Stephen Schwartz really "lifted" it from an old German hymn. But how appropriate for this Sunday's readings which really warn us to use well the gifts God has given us, for the time is short before God will demand an accounting from us.

In the Gospel story about the king who goes on a long journey, then comes back suddenly, Jesus invites the Apostles to reflect on their own lives in terms of the "talents" they have each received. It's clear that he has given them to each in accordance with their own abilities. In the story, two of the servants promptly go out and double their value, while one, out of fear and timidity, just buries his one talent without any attempt to use it well. The moral is obvious: if we don't use God's gifts and share them, we will be punished at the end of our lives.

Why must we be so industrious and generous with God's gifts? Because, as followers of Jesus, we cannot just live for our own selfish enjoyment, for we are "children of the light" meant to spread the Good News, and help others to also live in the light. It's clear from St. Paul's preaching to the Thessalonians that no one knows just when the world will end. But the Lord's second coming is inevitable, and it will come suddenly, without warning.

It's a good Sunday to ask ourselves, "If the Lord should come today, how ready am I to 'turn in my chips' and give an accounting of my life? Will the Lord be pleased with how I have increased the gifts of light and grace He has given me? How generous have I been in sharing my light?"

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )

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