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33th Sunday in Ordinary Time A Year

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Today's Gospel speaks of Jesus’ parable about a landlord (called here a “master”) and his three servants who serve to enlighten our earthly life in view of eternity, and eventually to show our part in gaining this eternity. The lord of the parable went on a long journey entrusting to each of the servants his possessions. Each receives successively: 5, 2 and 1 talents, according to their ability. When the lord left, the servants started to use the possessions, managing it according to their skillfulness. The one who received 5 talents traded with them and made another 5; the one who received 2 talents did the same multiplying it with another 2; only the last one, knowing the hardness of heart of the owner, buried his master’s talent in the ground. When the master came back from the journey started to settle the accounts with the servants. He praised the first one and the second one for their resourcefulness in managing his property giving them a share in his own (master’s) joy. The last one received a severe reprimand for his stagnations and laziness. Even more than that, his talent was given to the first one who already made 10 talents, “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.” The parable teaches us to be involved in matters of God as our life has been entrusted to us by him for our use. Whoever has many talents cannot keep them to himself, but should invest them in a growing of divine goodness on this earth multiplying them so in the moment of the meeting with God, at the end of his life, he could receive the heavenly joy of the Master. No matter how many talents we have everyone has always something; we can call it: singing, curing, cooking, teaching, to be a good mother or father; everyone should do it with his heart multiplying the goodness in the environment he lives around so he would not to be scared at the meeting with God in the moment of his death, joyfully expecting the coming of his Master. We know that today many Christians living their bad life have fear of meeting God at the end of their life. St. Paul, regarding this, teaches the Thessalonians: “the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night,” in spite of a world which will tell “peace and security”. For those not prepared, it will be a day of awe (in Latin “dies ire”); for those who did goodness and multiplied it, it will be a glorious day of entering the Kingdom of heaven. Let's be vigilant then, not stopping in doing good and spreading goodness throughout the whole world, and not to be surprised on the day of our death, which comes like a thief at night.