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Thirty-Third Sunday Ordinary Time

Infant Jesus, be the ruler of our heart and thoughts, be the king of our home and relationships, and be the master of our work and service. Help us to make good use of the gifts, talents, time, and resources you give us for your glory and your kingdom. We pray. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
1 Peter 1:24-25: All flesh is like grass. And all its glory likes the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.
  Today's Readings ... (November 13, 2011)
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 25:14-30)
Jesus' parable about a businessman who goes away from town and entrusts his money with his workers made ideal sense to his audience. Rich merchants and businessmen frequently had to travel abroad and leave the business to others to look-after while they were gone. Most notably this parable tells us something about how God deals with us, his disciples and servants. The story speaks first of the Master's faith in his servants. While he goes away he leaves them with his money to use as they think good. While there were no sequences attached, this was clearly a test to see if the Master's workers would be hard-working and reliable in their use of the money entrusted to them. The master remunerates those who are productive and faithful and he punishes those who sit by lazily and who do nothing with his money. What do coins and the law of economics has to do among the kingdom of God? The Lord assigns the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and elegances and he offers his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. With each gift and capacity, God gives enough the means for using them in an appropriate way. As the parable of the talents tells us, God dislikes unresponsiveness and an attitude that says it's not worth trying. God respects those who use their talents and gifts for doing well. Those who listens the word of God with even a little assigns with more! But those who disregard or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what given to them. The essence of the story seems to lie in the servants' conception of accountability. Each servant assigned with the master's money was faithful with a certain point. The servant who hidden the master's money was negligent. One can bury seeds in the ground and wait for them to become productive because they follow natural laws. Money, however, do not obey natural laws. They obey Financial Laws and become productive in circulation. The master expected his servants to be creative in the use of his money. There is an important lesson here for each of us. All cannot stand still for long in the Christian life. We either get extra or we lose what we have. We either go forward towards God or we slip back. Do we seek to serve God with the gifts, talents, and graces he has given to you?
Yesterday:

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr

Tomorrow:

Monday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time


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