Beads of Joy 11-13-11
Our Talented Gifts - From God
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
In general the world we live in today for some reason, has no sense in preparing for the Heaven, no thought of one day having to answer to God for all our actions. Today we read about an extraordinary parable about a very wealthy Master (God) who entrusts His servants (all of us) with His gifts of talents. In this parable the Master expects the servants to do their best, with what abilities they have to multiply with that which they have been given. In our Lord’s time 1 Talent was equivalent to about 10 years wages; so with that being said, you can see how God has much trust in us to do the right thing with something worth so much. And no this is not about the money, rather it is about our Lord entrusting us with what is His; and our ability to advance further in His service to Him. Every single thing we have, we own, we buy or we possess, is His; God gave us the ability to attain it so what we have is not our own, but rather all His to begin with. We really should be obeying Him, following Him and drawing ourselves closer to Him that should be our goal every single day; if we merely hold our position and never move forward with His gifts, our Christian life will grow stagnant and serve no purpose in God’s kingdom. Today we are reading Matthew 25:14-30 (The Parable of Talents).
In this parable God places much trust in us, with no strings attached. But He does tell us that He will return and He will want to see what we have done with what He has given us. We all have talents (gifts, abilities, treasure) that God has given us. Some may be able to teach and guide others, others may be able to cook and care for others, and then others are able to work very hard in different industries that participate in advancing society for all. No matter, we all have some sort of talent to share and grow. As we can see by this parable, in the end it was all about pleasing the Master with what we did for Him while He was gone; and His reward to all of us would be great. So when we are given talents, our goal isn’t to be selfish, digging a hole and burying what is yours to protect it from someone else; really isn’t what seems to be what God had in mind for us to do. Tragically so many in this life don’t see all that we have as God’s, instead they see it as theirs. Selfishness is the problem we must all overcome. It is the charity of heart and mind, knowing well that we don’t have all of what we have because we are so fabulous and wonderful; rather all that we have, we simply have because God has blessed us with it. Therefore it is actually all His first, before it was ever ours.
It is possible for us to do the right thing with the talents we have been blessed with. The bottom line to me is: What’s it going to be; me serving God with all my gifts and talents? Or rather am I going to serve myself with these gifts and talents? I pray that we are all bold in knowing without a doubt that we are to be serving and honoring God with all that He has blessed us with. Taking care of our families and others in need around us is really a very important part of who we are in Jesus. In scripture Jesus said this when asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40. So let us do all we can by the example of our lives, to live a life that is truly pleasing to God. Whatever talent we have, whatever abilities we possess, whatever treasure we have; let us use them and share them for the further deepening of our faith. God knows our heart, its intentions and even its ulterior motives. Let us be the servant that multiples that which God has entrusted to us.
“Jesus, I trust in You.”
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr. SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation