"We gather in faith..."

Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian

Reflections

In keeping with the focus on the Last Judgment

that prevails at the end of the Church year, St. Paul

reminds us in the second reading that the "day of

the Lord"- the day of Christ's return-will come just

when we least expect it and are confidently

predicting a new era of peace and security. And

Matthew's Gospel gives us a parable about a master

who returns and expects a good return on the

investments made by his servants.

One of the paradoxes of the Christian life is that

even though it is only through God's grace that we

are saved, God still holds us accountable for our

actions. The "talents" that God puts into our hands

are to be used by us, and those who make good use

of them, like the woman in the first reading, are to

be praised. Those who timidly hide their talents,

like the servant in the Gospel parable, will lose that

which they seek to preserve.

We ought not let the fear of loss keep us from

acting boldly for God's cause. It is precisely because

God's grace and mercy are the source of our

salvation that we can run the risk of using our tables

without knowing for sure what the outcome will be.

Grace liberates us and enables us to take a chance

on living our lives wholly for God, so that when the

day of the Lord comes we may welcome it with joy.