Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are all familiar with the parable of the talents. It’s easy to understand that God gives each of us special gifts and naturally expects that we should use them. We all know that it would be a betrayal of His gift to let it go unopened or unused.
A more fundamental question, however, is this: For whose glory are you using your talents? Remember that, in each case, the servants gave their talents back to the master, for his benefit, and not their own.
God gave you your talents to glorify and promote His Kingdom.
So you are a gifted musician. Are your song choices or works glorifying Him and promoting His way?
You are an agile athlete. Are you helping others through good sportsmanship, teaching, and fair play?
You have an aptitude for numbers. Are you making a fair account instead of using your gift to circumvent laws?
You are an eloquent speaker. What are the topics of your speeches?
In short, you may think you are using your gifts to their fullest, but if they are not used for glorifying the Kingdom, you are worse than the servant who buried his talent in the ground. At least he gave the talent back to God. When you use your talents for selfish or inappropriate purposes, you are in reality stealing from God.
When is the last time I used my gifts to help His Church, His people, or His evangelization?
Dear Lord, please give me the grace to discern the best way to use my gifts and talents for Your glory and for Your Kingdom.
Copyright 2017 Cynthia Roberts
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