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AUGUST 28. Ord Time B. Wk 21. Sat. Mt 25. 14-30

Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.


‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.


‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”


‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”


‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”


‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now take the talent from him and give it to the man who has five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’


The message from today’s Gospel is Christ is looking for a contribution to the work of his Church from all Christians, no matter the level of skill or human ability they have. Nobody will be able to plead “I could not give a return” as they had no opportunity. Christ has given each of us our individual duties and life circumstances, and it is on our efforts within these circumstances that we will be judged.


Certainly, some souls have received more generous gifts than others, but it must also be remembered; - from those to whom much has been given, much will be sought! We need to remember the lesson of the widow’s mite where Christ taught sometimes those who give the least will be praised more than those who give the most. The world measures generosity and giving very differently to the Son of God!


There is a strong message in the way the servant with only one talent was treated. He saw himself as unfortunate; - compared to others; - and so made no personal effort! Christ acknowledged he had only one talent; - but there was still an expectation he would contribute.


Gospel Acclamation Jn13:34


Alleluia, alleluia!

I give you a new commandment:

love one another as I have loved you.

Alleluia!


First reading 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11 ·

You have learnt from God how to love one another


As for loving our brothers, there is no need for anyone to write to you about that, since you have learnt from God yourselves to love one another, and in fact this is what you are doing with all the brothers throughout the whole of Macedonia. However, we do urge you, brothers, to go on making even greater progress and to make a point of living quietly, attending to your own business and earning your living, just as we told you to.


"You have learnt from God yourselves to love one another!"


"We urge you brothers, go on making even greater progress"







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