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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 15, 2020

Dear friends,

This weekend’s gospel reading reminds us  one bold truth: that we are but stewards of God’s gifts for the sake of His glory and the salvation of the world. As the end of the Liturgical Year draws near, we are all reminded that our life in this world is one of stewardship, and that at the end we will have to set account with the Lord who granted us his talents for us to fructify and to render fruitful.

To be a good steward requires two things as per what we see in today’s gospel reading. For one, stewardship requires an attitude of humility on the part of the steward. Humility means today that one looks at what she has as a gift and a blessing. God gives us without counting and without merit on our part. Saint Paul says, “we carry the treasure in fragile vessels.” Humility is therefore awareness about our own brokenness and our determination to rely on God who grants both the talents and the capability to realize and fulfill the mission. The two first stewards/servants clearly understood that requirement. We are invited to do likewise.

The second requirement is faithfulness. We can call it trust in the Lord and in the capabilities He gives us to fulfill the mission. This is widely displayed in the attitude of the two stewards who took the risk to make fruitful the talents. Faithfulness means therefore our ability to take risk when we embark on God’s adventure no matter how big or small the adventure would seem. The “fearful steward” could not engage on that path. He dropped the ball, and with it the virtue of fortitude that would help him in God’s adventure.

You and I have received so many talents from God. None of  them could approached as big or small. God gives us knowing we are able to make them fruitful with the help of His own grace. Yet, we have to open up and embrace both the talents and the courage to work in His vineyard. As we reflect on today’s gospel, let us as community as well as individuals come back to our inward and interrogate ourselves: “what talent God has given me and which I am afraid of making fruitful?”

As we head toward the celebration next weekend of the Solemnity of Christ the King, let us turn towards our God and ask for faithfulness, courage and humility to embark on the adventure of making fruitful the talents he has given  us for His glory and the salvation of the world.

And let us continue to pray for one another and for our parish family.

Fr. Emery


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