Beads of Joy 08-28-10
According To Their Own Ability
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Another spectacular day ahead for all of us to celebrate. Today we will once again spend time reflecting upon a parable. How do you feel about parables? I love them, they are so exciting to learn about aren't they. Today we are reflecting on Matthew 25:14-30 (The Parable of The Talents and Rewards). How have we been rewarded in our life? The blessings we have been given, do we multiply them and share them? Or are we like the servant who buried his talent, and the Master said to him, "You wicked and slothful servant!"? God only desires us to use the talents He gives us, in a good way,and in such a way that multiples them. He don't want us to bury them or hoard them, He wants us to multiply them. Like I have shared in so many other blog's, sharing God's blessings with others is something we all should do. I do it with the Joy, the endless Joy I am so blessed to have in my life. I have a literally an endless spring spewing from my heart. No matter how much I give away, the Lord continues to bless me with more and more and more. We must give away our blessings to others, to bless them; so that in turn, we will be blessed by our kindness and love for others. In simplistic translational terms; God gave us the talents, we are to multiply them, and then upon His return, He will give us what will be our reward; for doing what is good with what He has blessed us with.
God has certainly entrusted us with the unfaithful, and those who do not believe in Him. We are to at least try to plant the seed of "interest" as often as we can; not only by our words, but even more importantly by our actions. We know so many people of different faiths and different political parties tend to not honor Jesus. If we can only harvest our gifts and plant our seeds deep into the lives of the unbeliever. I don't like to argue against anyone to "make them" believe what I believe. To me, that's just not being a Catholic. Rather, by the way I live my life and the way I do things because of my faith, I only wish that they to desire it. In the past I shared a story about a prisoner, as quick recap, I will share: "There were two war prisoners in a Japanese jail cell. One was from Japan and the other one was an American. Well being it was a Japanese prisoner who was fighting with the Americans against them, the Japanese prisoner was treated much more harshly. Each day they would beat him almost to death, then put him back in his cell. Once there the American prisoners cleaned his wounds and help feed him. Well one day the American knew that the Japanese prisoner wasn't going to probably make it through the night. So he shared Jesus with him. The Japanese prisoner said, "If this Jesus you speak of is as kind and loving and as caring as you are, I want to believe in Him and love Him."
Let us be like this American prisoner was, completely and willingly giving of himself in the service and love of an other. Solemn judgment will certainly come upon those who bury their talents from others. Remember the more we have been given, the more we will be expected with the responsibility to do what is right. There is no doubt God will be saying to us, "Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them." What we have done with what we have been given, we will be measured. You know it's the same in abortion. In all pregnancies, no matter how they have came about; God has blessed that little child in it's mother's womb to be His child, to love Him, honor Him, serve Him and draw others to Him. When they kill them, they "bury" God's blessing to us, and refuse to allow that wonderful gift of life to become a child in our society. A blessing beyond blessing to all of us.
What lesson have we learned fun this parable? Do we now feel a certain sense of responsibility to share our talents, our possessions, our money, our skills, our joy, our love with others? Here is our chance to make a huge difference in this world. Let's not pass up this opportunity to further share and spread the ministry of our Lord with as many people as we possibly can. There is no doubt that God has given us the wisdom, the insight, the foresight, and the grace to be able to do this everyday. Trusting in Him and moving forward in having faith in Him; will help guide and allow all things to come to pass at the stage in which we are all at in our own lives. Fully trust in Him, do not allow this world to entangle you in its web of selfishness and pride; but rather entangle yourself into God's word, and only seek to be more like Jesus. Simply pray, "Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO