In Today’s Gospel Jesus tells us “You have been faithful in small things: come and join in your master’s happiness“
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 the 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 away. As for this good-for-nothing servant throw him out into the dark where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that you don’t want me to live my life in fear. Only one type of fear is legitimate: the fear of losing you. Because I know you will never leave me, I am not afraid of this either. I know that I can lose you only if I leave you. Jesus, I place my hope in you and offer you all my love.
Petition: Heavenly Father, grant me the grace of increased hope and trust in you.
1. To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected: At times, life can seem a little overwhelming, and we can feel we just don’t have what it takes. Then we are reminded of a certain truth: Christ never gives us more than we can handle! When Christ gives us a mission or allows a temptation, he always provides the talents and grace to complete that mission or resist that temptation. What, then, is there to be afraid of? Each of us has been given a certain amount of talents; thus, we are expected to bear a certain amount of fruit. We are not expected to bear fruit beyond the talents we have been given. Each of us is faithful to the degree in which we glorify God by using our talents!
2. There Is Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: St. John tells us that “God is love.” There is, then, only one proper response to him: love. It is amazing to think that we can fear him who is described simply as “love.” We might fear what will happen in the future – college, job, family, and so on – but does this solve anything? If we look into the past, it’s easy to see that many of our fears were unfounded and unrealized. So why is this fear present? Satan will use any means to separate us from our God who is love. If he can’t get us to fall by sinning, he paints a picture that might make us fear or fall into discouragement. It has been said that “after mortal sin our biggest enemy is discouragement.” Our faults keep us humble, aware that we are always in need of Christ. No disposition brings greater joy to the heart of Christ than that of a humble, trustful child.
3. Take a Risk for Christ: Christ took the ultimate risk for me! He died knowing full well that I might not choose him, and yet the small chance that I would far outweighed the chance that I would reject him. Again I am reminded that Christ didn’t die for a whole mass of people, but that he died for each of us individually: He died for me! Jesus, I want to be like the first disciples who loved you with an unrestrained love. I want to go out on a limb for you! I want to offer my life for the salvation of one soul, knowing full well that he might not choose you!
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I know that you do not want me to be afraid of failure. I know that if I try my hardest for you, there will be no such thing. Please help me always to fight courageously to better myself for your glory.
Resolution: Today, when the opportunity presents itself, I will speak to someone about Christ.