WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY TREASURES?
Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture Readings: Revelations 4:1-11; Psalms 150: 1b-2, 3-4, 5-6; Luke 19:11-28
My dear encountered couples:
The point of the parable is that we must use what we have been given. The man who was soon to become king, gave his servants money to invest while he was gone. The first two he questioned on his return had done just that, they made money with the use of his money. The king not only praised them but he rewarded them for it.
The third man, however, had done nothing with the king’s money. “I hid it for safe keeping,” he told the king. “I was afraid of you because you are a hard man.” As we know, the king was furious. And he took his money back from the man and gave it to the others who had proved themselves more loyal and enterprising.
As I said, the point of the parable is that we had better use what God has given us, or we will lose it. Our talents, our abilities, our brains, our brawn, be they many or little, we are expected by God to use and develop them as well as we can.
We were put into this world as babies and in time are expected to advance into mature adulthood. Likewise, when we entered the kingdom of God through baptism we began as spiritual infants. God wants us to grow and develop and mature as saints.
All this takes effort which means we must not bury what God has given us, we must not ignore the many graces of help he sends us, we must use it all to the best of our ability.
If we do ignore God’s gifts, if we bury them, so to speak, we will lose them. Meaning we will end up with less than we started with including the absence of God in our lives for all eternity. Let’s continue discovering our personal gifts - and use them. Or it may be too late.