Jesus told his disciples this parable: "A
man who was going on a journey called in his
servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one
he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third,
one -- to each according to his ability. Then
he went away. Immediately the one who received five
talents went and traded with them, and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and
dug a hole in the ground and buried his master´s
money. After a long time the master of those
servants came back and settled accounts with them. The
one who had received five talents came forward bringing the
additional five. He said, ´Master, you gave me five
talents. See, I have made five more.´ His master
said to him, ´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.´
Then the one who had received two talents also
came forward and said, ´Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.´ His master said
to him, ´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.´ Then
the one who had received the one talent came
forward and said, ´Master, I knew you were a demanding
person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering
where you did not scatter; so out of fear
I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.´ His master said to him
in reply, ´You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that
I harvest where I did not plant and gather
where I did not scatter? Should you not then
have put my money in the bank so that I
could have got it back with interest on my
return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give
it to the one with ten. For to everyone
who has, more will be given and he will grow
rich; but from the one who has not, even
what he has will be taken away. And throw this
useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will
be wailing and grinding of teeth.´"
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
I come to you again in prayer. Even though
I cannot see you, I know through faith that you
are present in my life. I hope in your
promise to be with me. I love you, and I
know you love me. Accept this prayer as a
token of my love.
Petition: Teach me, Lord, to
take all that you have given me and make
it produce fruit for your kingdom.
1. God’s Gifts: The Gospel
tells us clearly that God distributes his gifts among
us as he wills, and he entrusts each one
of us with a mission. He gives us what we
need to produce fruits for his kingdom, and he
expects us to use those gifts responsibly and diligently. No
two people are exactly alike, and God treats each
one individually as a unique person made in his
image. We need to live before God and respond to
him sincerely by using to the maximum the talents
he has given us. Are we making the best
use of all that God has given us, or have
we neglected some things and taken others for granted?
Might we be committing a sin of omission with regards
to some of our talents?
2. Life as a Mission:
The servants who invest the talents and make a
return on them have understood the purpose of their
lives and the time they have at their disposal. These
servants were generous with everything their master had given
them, making it bear fruit, and they received from
him the reward of greater intimacy and more responsibility.
Each of us is also given a limited amount of
time in life to use our various gifts to
give glory to God and help save other souls. We
too should work every day to hear those words:
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
3. The Useless Servant: How
often we are paralyzed by fear or false prudence
into doing nothing, into trying just to preserve ourselves!
Sometimes we don’t take God’s gifts seriously or think we
have been given very little, and we use that
as a rationalization for making no effort or for
producing little for God. We blame circumstances or others; but
the fact is we are neglecting to produce the
fruits God wants. The master didn’t expect a return
of five talents from the servant to whom he gave
only one. He would have been happy with a
return of one more, but the lazy servant closed in
on his egoism, self-love and laziness. We must resolve
to use our God-given talents wisely so as to
net him a big return.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, give me the grace and love to work
for your kingdom with all the talents that you have
given me. Let me return them all to you
with real fruits for your kingdom.
will make a plan for evangelizing other souls and
look for fruits of holiness in others