Saturday, 2 September 2017 : 21st Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of Our Lady)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we heard from the Gospel the parable of the silver talents, in which our Lord Jesus related the story to the people and to His disciples, telling them of what they need to do if they are to remain faithful as His disciples. They cannot be idle or be lukewarm in our faith, and He showed this through the example of the silver talents entrusted by the master to the servants.

The master represents the Lord our God, Who has given each and every one of us with different abilities and gifts, in each of our own capacities, so that we may use them in what He has willed us to do, and to utilise these gifts and abilities He has granted us, all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, for our common good. However, this is something which many of us tend to overlook, and which the Lord wants us to remember through the Scriptures we heard today.

There were three servants who were given different silver talents depending on their abilities, as one was given five silver talents, another was given two silver talents, and one was given one silver talent to be taken care of while the master was away on his official business. Yet the one who has one silver talent hid his silver talent piece away when the two other servants invested their silver talents and gained profit as a result.

When the master came back to his place, and asked for an account from each of his servants, he praised the diligence and astuteness of the two servants who have invested their silver talents and gained great profits from what they have been given, and they were entrusted with even more of the master’s wealth, who knew that those servants could be depended on because of their performance.

Yet, the one who hid his silver talent and did nothing to it, was punished because he failed to do as what his master had said, that is to use the silver talent and invest it so that it would not just remain a silver talent, but instead giving great returns and profits, that when the master himself returned, he would have been able to gain more from what he has entrusted to the servant.

In the same manner, therefore, God will punish us if we have failed to do whatever it is that He had commanded us to do, and in today’s Gospel, He reminded us that He had granted us those many gifts and blessings, each according to our abilities and capacities. If we keep all these things to ourselves without using them, we will be just like the servant who was lazy and did not invest his silver talent.

And then, we should also not say that because God does not bless us with many things in this life, or that because we think that we do not have any special abilities, gifts or anything that we can give, share or use for the benefit of all. If we pay attention to the parable, we notice how the master gave each of the servants different amount of silver talents, each according to the servants’ abilities. Surely God has done the same with us as well. He knows what He has given us, and whatever little we have, even those we can use as well, for the common benefit of all.

Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all make the pledge from now on, to be generous in our giving, to those who have less than us, in material and most importantly in our love. Let us share what we have received with one another, that God’s blessings in us may multiply and grow greater, just as the silver talents invested by the good servants bore profits.

May the Lord bless our endeavours, and may He be with us throughout our journey in life, that we will ever bear fruits and be filled with goodness in all of our actions. May He empower us to live in His presence with faith, joy and hope at all times. Amen.

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