Our life is a precious gift – let us be a good and faithful servant
33rd Week in Ordinary Time : Sunday 19th November 2023
Ps. 127:1-2,3,4-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6;
Mt. 25:14-30 (or 25:14-15,19-21) (Ps. Wk. I)
Much is said in Proverbs of the capable and good wife. Women would probably have a few things to say about a good and capable husband. For both men and women, being a good spouse depends on dedication, commitment, and openness of heart. Good marriages do not just happen – they require hard work, patience, and sacrifice.
Paul warned that the Lord’s return would happen suddenly, like a thief in the night. People seek ‘peace and security’ in wealth, law and order, control over others, and risk avoidance. These things mean little in God’s sight. It is far more important to continue being children of the light in a world that has lost its way.
The parable of the talents is about how we conduct our lives while we wait for the Lord. Some people are so afraid of failing at something that they never take a risk. Like the third man in the story, they present to God only what was given to them in the beginning – nothing more.
God expects us to return more than we were given in the form of wisdom, love, and lessons learned. We must love and trust God enough to take risks – even make mistakes – as we explore and learn new lessons. The actual sin is never trying anything and being content with playing it safe. Our life is a precious gift – let us be a good and faithful servant. We show gratitude to God by giving back more than we received.
Lord, give me trust and courage.