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Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus' story about a businessman who leaves town and entrusts his money with his workers made ideal sense to his spectators. Wealthy merchants and businessmen often had to travel out of the country and leave the business to others to handle while they were gone. Most significantly it tells us something about how God deals with us, his disciples and servants. The parable speaks first of the Master's trust in his servants. While he goes away he leaves them with his money to use as they think best. While there were no strings attached, this was clearly a test to see if the Master's workers would be conscientious and reliable in their use of the money entrusted to them. The master rewards those who are industrious and faithful and he punishes those who sit by lazily and who do nothing with his money. The essence of the parable seems to lie in the servants' conception of accountability. Each servant entrusted with the master's money was faithful up to a certain point. The servant who buried the master's money was careless. One can bury seeds in the ground and expect them to become productive because they obey natural laws. Coins, however, do not obey natural laws. They obey economic laws and become productive in circulation. The master anticipated his servants to be fruitful in the use of his money.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 95:6-7 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Prayer ...
Shepherd of my soul, we come to you seeking your shelter and rest as one of your sheep. We often find ourselves harried and driven by life's pressures and temptations. But we come to you submitting ourselves to be used for your glory not just today, but for the rest of our life. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 31, 2013)
Day: Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 430
Colour: Green
First Reading: 1 Thes 4:9-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
14"For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. 17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' 21 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' 23 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'


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