"We gather in faith..."
Teaching and commentary from our pastor, Bishop Francis J. Christian
ReflectionsIn 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.