Posted by: frburke23 | November 16, 2014

Thought for Sunday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“A man going on a journey
called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–
to each according to his ability.
Then he went away.
Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them,
and made another five.
Likewise, the one who received two made another two.
But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground
and buried his master’s money.
After a long time
the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents
came forward bringing the additional five.
He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents.
See, I have made five more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said,
‘Master, you gave me two talents.
See, I have made two more.’
His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Since you were faithful in small matters,
I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said,
‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant
and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground.
Here it is back.’
His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!
So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant
and gather where I did not scatter?
Should you not then have put my money in the bank
so that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’”

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This is such an important parable for our lives my friends.  Three servants are given talents – 5 to one, 2 to another and 1 to the third person.  The first two invest their talents and double their investment.  The third person buried his talent and his boss took away what he had and gave it to the one who already had 10 talents.  This doesn’t seem fair.  Why would Jesus tell this parable?

The Lord has given each one of us many gifts and talents.  You might be thinking, “I don’t have any talents.”  That is not true.  God has given each of us talents.  It does not mean that we are on TV for our talents; it just means that each of us has been gifted.  And these gifts and talents are never meant for us alone.  They are meant to be shared.

Try to think from God’s point of view for a moment, even though we can never enter the mind of God.  It makes sense that He would give each one of us talents to share with others for the common good of all people.  He wants us to live as a family, caring for one another even if we are not related by blood.  We are all God’s children, which makes us brothers and sisters.

When we use the gifts and talents God has given us for the good of others, He will bless us with more gifts and talents to continue giving them away.  We become like the servants who doubled their talents.

And the opposite is true also.  When we bury our gifts or use them only for our own benefit, God takes them away and gives them to someone who will use them for the greater good of others.

What are your gifts and talents?

How do you use them?

Are you generous with them or do you hold on to them tightly?

Have you seen how God blesses you with more when you are generous?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

MATEO 25:14-30

Jesús dijo a sus discípulos esta parábola:
“Un hombre partiendo a un viaje
llamó a sus siervos y les entregó sus bienes.
A uno le dio cinco talentos; a otro, dos; a un tercero, uno
a cada cual según su habilidad.
Luego se fue.
Inmediatamente el que había recibido cinco talentos fue y negoció con ellos,
e hizo otros cinco.
Del mismo modo, el que recibió dos hizo otros dos.
Pero el hombre que recibió uno fue y cavó un hoyo en la tierra
y enterró el dinero de su señor.
Después de mucho tiempo
el señor de aquellos siervos regresó y arregló cuentas con ellos.
El que había recibido cinco talentos,
se adelantó trayendo los otros cinco.
Él dijo: “Señor, me diste cinco talentos.
Mira, yo he hecho cinco más.’
Su señor le dijo: ‘Bien, buen siervo y fiel.

Ya que has sido fiel en lo poco,
Yo te daré grandes responsabilidades.
Ven, comparte la alegría de tu señor.’
Luego el que había recibido dos talentos también se adelantó y dijo:
“Señor, me diste dos talentos.
Mira, yo he hecho dos más.’
Su señor le dijo: ‘Bien, buen siervo y fiel.
Ya que has sido fiel en lo poco,
Yo te daré grandes responsabilidades.
Ven, comparte la alegría de tu señor.’
Luego el que había recibido un talento, se adelantó y dijo:
“Señor, yo sabía que eras una persona exigente,
que cosechas donde no sembraste
y recoges donde no esparciste;
por miedo me fui y escondí tu talento en la tierra.
Aquí está de nuevo.’

Su señor le dijo en respuesta, ‘¡Siervo malo y perezoso!
Sabías que cosecho donde no sembré
y que recojo donde no esparcí.
¿No deberías haber puesto mi dinero en el banco
para que lo hubiera recibido de vuelta con intereses a mi regreso?
¡Ahora bien! Quítale el talento, y dalo al que tiene diez.
Porque al que tiene,
más se le dará y le sobrará;
pero el que no tiene,
aun lo que tiene le será quitado.
Y echen a este siervo inútil a las tinieblas de afuera,
allí será el llanto y el rechinar de dientes.”

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Esta es una parábola tan importante para nuestras vidas mis amigos. A tres siervos  se les dan talentos – 5 a uno, 2 a otro y 1 a la tercera persona.  Los primeros dos invierten su talento y duplican su inversión. La tercera persona enterró su talento y su jefe le quitó lo que tenía y se lo dio a la persona que ya tenía 10 talentos. Esto no parece justo. ¿Por qué Jesús contaría esta parábola?

El Señor nos ha dado a cada uno de nosotros muchos dones y talentos. Podrías estar pensando, “Yo no tengo ningún talento.” Eso no es cierto.  Dios ha dado a cada uno de nosotros talentos. No quiere decir que estamos en la televisión por nuestros talentos; sólo significa que cada uno de nosotros ha sido dotado. Y estos dones y talentos nunca significan que son solo para nosotros. Están destinados para ser compartidos.

Trata de pensar desde el punto de vista de Dios por un momento, a pesar de que nunca podremos entrar en la mente de Dios. Tiene sentido que Él daría a cada uno de nosotros talentos para compartir con los demás por el bien común de toda la gente. Él quiere que vivamos como una familia, cuidándonos los unos a los otros, incluso si no estamos relacionados por la sangre. Todos somos hijos de Dios, lo que nos hace hermanos y hermanas.

Cuando usamos los dones y talentos que Dios nos ha dado para el bien de los demás, Él nos bendecirá con más dones y talentos para continuar dándolos. Llegamos a ser como los siervos que duplicaron sus talentos.

Y lo contrario también es cierto. Cuando enterramos nuestros dones o los usamos sólo para nuestro propio beneficio, Dios nos los quita y se los da a alguien que los usara para el bien de los demás.

¿Cuáles son tus dones y talentos?
¿Cómo los utilizas?
¿Eres generoso con ellos o te aferras a ellos fuertemente?
¿Has visto cómo Dios te bendice con más cuando eres generoso?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke


Responses

  1. HI Father: First, I want to thank you for all of you post and insight on the readings; they truly have made a difference in my life in the short time that I have been following. Was wondering if you ever considered posting the thought for Sunday the day before. It be nice to get your perspective on this before going to mass. Regards; Chris Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:36:41 +0000 To: dunes803@hotmail.com

    • I certainly will try when time allows. Have a blessed day…


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