Are we prepared to do be doing God’s work?
I have always found today’s Gospel reading perplexing. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the poor servant who was entrusted with one talent. He was able to return his share of the master’s wealth – surely that must count for something? After all, it’s not as if he went away and misused or stole it. The problem was, he didn’t do anything with it. And so, we are left to ask ourselves: is it really enough for us, like the servant, to simply sit idle?
Last week’s parable of the ten bridesmaids was all about preparedness and segues into this week’s message which vamps on that same theme: Are we prepared to do be doing God’s work?
Whenever we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we begin by acknowledging our shortcomings. We ask God for forgiveness for what we have done, and for what we have failed to do.
The latter calls us to reflect on our past and challenges us into the future.
Where have we missed the mark? How have we heard, but in some way fallen short of acting on the Gospel message?
The servants in today’s Gospel are all entrusted with talents, that is, measures of precious metals such as gold or silver. It may be worth reflecting on what gifts we have been blessed with – perhaps it is the gift of time, the gift of energy, the gift of openness. Today’s Gospel invites us to consider how we are using those gifts to live and act out our faith in the present. As St Paul reminds the Thessalonians in today’s second reading, we should not go on sleeping. We are children of the day. We are called to live.
Our faith sends us out into the world to be agents of God’s love, and witnesses to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. This week, we can follow in the example of Mary MacKillop who took to heart the call to never see a need without doing something about it.
Nick is reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel Matthew 25:14-30