30th August

Today’s gospel is the parable of the Talents: Mt 25:14-15, 19-20, 22-29

Jesus told his disciples this parable: ‘A man about to go abroad who summoned his servants andtalents_bury entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one, each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out on his journey. Now a long time afterwards, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. 

The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said, “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.” Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said, “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done …” Last came forward the man who had the single talent. He said “I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” 

But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! Take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but anyone who has not, will be deprived even of what he has.’

TODAY’S POINTERS ON GOD’S WORD (www.jesuit.org.sg)

  • As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
  • In today’s Gospel Jesus is telling us that God has given us many gifts, talents and blessings. God wants us to make the most use of them for the good of His Kingdom on earth.
  • What talents and blessings has God given you? How are you using them for the service of God’s Kingdom?
  • Have you discerned whether you are really using your gifts and talents for God or for your own benefit and gain? How is God challenging you today to use them more fully for His Kingdom?

Garfield is reticent to put his talents to good use!