Pastors Desk: Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 18th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 19th November 2017 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

heavenOn this second last Sunday of the Liturgical year we are reminded in today’s gospel of the preparations we need to make to reach heaven. All three readings focus on the invitation to live in such a way that we make best use of the talents God has given us before time runs out.

The first reading from the book of Proverbs suggests that we all should be as diligent and industrious as the faithful wife who uses her God given talents to ‘bring forth good, not evil’. Unlike the man who may have been so scared that he buried the Talent, she takes her gift and is praised for ‘reaching her hand out to the poor’ and extending her arms to the needy.

God has invested heavily in all of us. He has given us all life, and each of us also has a collection of “talents” we can make use of. We all have certain gifts, skills, experiences, resources and abilities that come from God. We should not take them for granted or bury them in the ground out of fear. So, it’s important that we make the best use of these ‘talents’ and use them for the benefit of others.

Saint Paul tells us that the ‘Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night’. With that in mind we need to see every moment as gift from God. We should seize every opportunity to increase the investment that God has made in us so that we may be worthy to hear God tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Fr Gerry