Saturday, 21th Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings:1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 & Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Reflection Date: August 28, 2021
In various religious texts, one can find interesting personal development gems. From the Bible, we have "The Parable of the Talents."
Life is a gift from God and what we make out of our gifts is our gift to God. As we make our earthly journey, we are surprised at the way God works in and through us. The Lord has blessed each of us with "talents," gifts, and opportunities and God expects us to care for them and make them productive for God's kingdom and the good of the people. We sin not only when we do wrong but also when we refuse to use God's gifts.
The Parable of the Talents is one of the stories Jesus told to teach a moral lesson. Although the word "talents" in the story refers literally to money, you can extend the meaning to other areas. It's interesting to read it using the standard definition of "talents."
In the parable of the Talents, two servants made the best use of the given talents while the third buried them in the ground. The parable tells us that often the reason for our failure to use God's gifts properly is fear: "out of fear I buried your talent (v. 25)." That is why the Lord frequently tells us in the Bible, "Do not be afraid." Do not bury God's gifts but rather make utmost use of them for the greater glory of God.
Maybe, we could prepare a list of God-given gifts for each of us, develop and use those talents for God and His people.
Joseph Cardozo SJ | Contributor
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