In today’s Gospel, we have the parable of the talents. The master gives to his servants different numbers of talents, and expects them to use them and multiply them, just as God blesses us in our lives and expects us to magnify His blessings. The first two doubled the master’s investment, and the last one chose to hide from the burden of the gifts given to him. What lesson can we learn from those who chose to respond or shy away from the burden, or cross, given them by the master in today’s Gospel parable?
Just as the message that Jesus gave us last week, it is important to God for us to be intentional with how we live our lives. We are each blessed by God with gifts and abilities. We are each chosen for a particular and specific purpose in the world. Do we put to good use those abilities and gifts that we have been given by God, or do we too choose to hide from the potential that God has bestowed upon us?
I must admit, growing up, I was told many times that I had such “great potential”, but that I wasn’t living up to it. As we grow older, and see how God does truly bless us, it becomes more important for us to share what we have been given by the Lord. As Jesus says in the Gospel today, “For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
-Fr. Danny Grover