for Sunday, November 16, 2008
The parable of the talents seems to be a commentary on financial management. The parable might seem to be about investments, but it really isn't. It comes from a
section of Matthew's Gospel before the presentation of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, and speaks about the final coming of the Son of Man.
Today's parable answers the question: What then should we do to be prepared for our Lord?
The answer is: Develop the Grace, the Gifts that God has given you.
There is a wonderful story about Ludwig van Beethoven in this regard. The famous composer was well aware that he had few social skills. He found talking to people not just burdensome, but beyond his abilities. He just couldn't do it.
The story is that one-day he heard that a dear friend of his had suddenly lost his son. Beethoven rushed over to his friend's house, but he just couldn't find the words to express his grief to the dead boy's father. Beethoven went to the piano and for a full thirty minutes he played a beautiful and consoling elegy. It is believed that he composed it on the spot. He used his talent to console the grieving.
What should we do to prepare for the Lord? Who is it that will share in the Master's joy? Who should enter the Parousia? The answer is: Those who are doing the work of the Master. St. Paul came upon the phenomenon of Christians not working for the Kingdom. They were so convinced that the end of the world was upon them, that they just sat back and did nothing, waiting. "No," said St. Paul. "He who does not work should not eat," he was referring both to daily physical work as well as working for the kingdom and eating the Bread of Life.
We have a responsibility to Jesus Christ to take the Life that He has given us, treasure it, develop it and set the world on fire with His Love. We all have many diverse gifts, but no gift is greater than the Gift who is Our Lord. God has given us this Awesome Gift, this Awesome Savior. Let us each use our gifts to earn a place with Him in heaven.
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