Newsletter —Thirty third Sunday of the Year A-19th November 2023
Our First Reading this Sunday is from Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31: The virtues of a good wife are extolled.
The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 128: Blessed are those who walk in God’s ways.
Our Second Reading today is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6: Paul warns the Thessalonians to stay alert because the day of the Lord cannot be predicted.
The Gospel Reading this week is Matthew 25:14-30: Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in which he teaches about the importance of using the gifts that God has given to us in service to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus’ parable talks about Christian discipleship using economic metaphors. Before he leaves on a journey, the master entrusts to his servants a different number of talents, giving to each according to their abilities. A talent is a coin of great value. Upon the master’s return, he finds that the first and second
servants have doubled their money, and both are rewarded. The third servant, however, has only preserved what was given to him because he was afraid to lose the money. He has risked nothing; he did not even deposit the money in a bank to earn interest. This servant is punished by the master, and his talent is given to the one who brought the greatest return.
This parable teaches that God’s judgment will be based on the service we render to God and to one another in accordance with the gifts that God has given to us. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God’s judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand,
if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more responsibilities.