Reflections - November 19, 2017

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.  Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.  Come, share your master’s joy.”  Mt. 25:23.
 
The Gospel this week presents us with the parable of the owner who had many goods and gives each of his employees an amount of money to invest while he was absent.  I would like to highlight the attitude of the owner and of the employees.
 
Who is the owner?  The owner in this parable is Jesus who resurrects and goes to the Father’s house and as it says in the Creed, “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”.
 
What is the meaning of the good or “money” that He leaves for His employees?  The goods are the gifts we receive at Confirmation, the fruits of the Holy Spirit:  charity, spiritual joy, peace, patience, magnanimity, kindness, gentleness, meekness, faith, modesty, and chastity.
 
“After a long time the master came back and settled accounts with them”.  Many think of the final judgment, but I would also add the end of our lives, the particular judgment, when we will be asked an account of the gifts we received.  Where was your charity when you saw me poor, sick, and alone and “did not contribute to the humanization of humans”.
 
We are called to transform society.  We are the hands and lips of Christ, “the pocket of Christ” and “the heart of Christ” when we practice the gift of kindness and also when we practice the gift of patience “with those that make life impossible”.
 
There is also another attitude in this parable of those that “passed through this world without committing themselves to build a fairer society”.  It is sometimes better to get your hands dirty by practicing justice than not committing yourself out of fear.  The Lord will say to you:  “Lazy and fearful servant, why did you not ask me in prayer for help with your laziness and fears so that you could be faithful to My will to serve those most in need.
 
The Parable of the Talents is a reflection on our conscience to be grateful for the gifts we have received and an alert as to how we are practicing them doing the will of God in the service of the community in which we live.
 
I invite you on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by family to thank the Lord for so many spiritual gifts and goods received “from the good owner”, Christ the Lord, and above all for the joy of living in our great nation in peace and freedom.  Happy Thanksgiving!