Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scariest Phrase in the Bible?

A good candidate could come from todays Gospel reading for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary time:
Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. - Matthew 25:28-29
Wow. In how many ways do I "not have"? How many "talents" has the Lord given me, that I have buried in the ground - to lose them forever. For that is clear - unless we use what we are given to "earn interest" for God, we will lose even the little we have. Fr. Robert Barron says this week that "talents" = gifts from God - can only ever be ours if we give them away. The more we hoard them for ourselves - at the bottom of dusty holes in the ground - the more we guarantee that they will be taken from us.

1 comment:

  1. This is so true... Our gifts, given to us so freely and generously by God, must be used well. If we are entrusted with these "talents" we must then trust that they are to be put out in the world in some way.

    That image of the dusty holes in the ground from Fr. Barron speaks volumes.

    Thanks for this thought provoking post!