A Call To Responsibility
Posted: November 11, 2017 in Pastor's Page
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
A CALL TO RESPONSIBILITY
With parables or comparisons, Jesus has invited his disciples to fidelity (The Faithful Servant, Matthew 24: 45-51), he has advised them to be prepared and attentive (The bridesmaids some prepared others unprepared, Matthew 25: 1-13). And now, with this week’s parable of the talents, Jesus is calling his disciples to be responsible in working toward advancing the Reign of God.
The man who goes on a journey to a distant land is Jesus. The servants are his disciples. The assignment is to continue proclaiming the Reign. This is what it means to be given “talents.”
Two attitudes are obvious in the ones who have received these talents: (1) to transmit or to make fruitful what one has received from God, and (2) to put away or hide what the Lord has given.
When the time for accountability arrives, Jesus tells the ones who have developed their talents, “Well done good and faithful servant. Because you have been faithful in these things of little value, I will entrust to you things of greater value. Enter and partake of the joy of your Lord.”
But to the one who hid away his talents out of fear, he receives a very stern punishment, “You bad and lazy servant…Why didn’t you at least put my money in the bank so that upon my return I would have gained or earned interest?”
Operative here are two completely different notions of God. The first is that of a God who loves and confides in humanity. In the case of the latter, God is perceived as one who is severe and demanding, more a God of punishment than a God of love. This attitude is summed up when the servant admits: “I knew you were a demanding man, who reaps where he has not sown, and who gathers where he has not planted.”
This Sunday’s Gospel invites us to examine our attitudes, our lives, first to see if we believe in a God who believes in us and our abilities, or if we mistakenly conceive of God as a severe and punishing tyrant. Then we have to be sure we are using and developing the talents that God has entrusted to us, or if we are burying them in the ground out of fear or lack of ambition.
The overall question: Are we being responsible?
In the Risen Lord,
Fr. Eddie Gros, Pastor