Saturday, 1 September 2018 : 21st Week of Ordinary Time, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

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

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we listened to the message of the Sacred Scriptures speaking to us how each and every one of us have been called and chosen by God, and entrusted with a special responsibility, unique for each and every one of us, that for each one of us, we may do our part in taking care of what God has entrusted to us, as His servants and stewards of creation.

Today marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which was instituted by our Pope, Francis just in the recent years. This day is a reminder for us, that each and every one of us are God’s stewards and caretakers of what He has created in this world, for our sake. From the Book of Genesis, God has created everything in the universe, and last of all, creating us man in His own image, and entrusted all of creation to our care.

But unfortunately, our first ancestors chose to disobey God instead of obeying what He has commanded them to do. Instead of listening to God and following His ways, and thus, receiving from Him the fullness of the love and grace He intended to give us, we received only suffering and pain, death and destruction as the just punishment and consequences for our disobedience and sins.

And all of these were caused by our greed, our insatiable desires for worldly things. The desires that Adam and Eve had for the knowledge over good and evil, the knowledge that the devil tempted them with, saying that they would be like God, made them to disobey God and to exercise their stewardship with uttermost irresponsibility and lack of proper judgment.

In the Gospel passage today, this is what the Lord spoke of to the people, using the parable of the silver talents to show them what it means to be a true disciple of God, entrusted by Him with the many gifts, and with those gifts, equally many responsibilities according to what gifts and talents that He has given to us, to each and every one of us in our own uniqueness.

In that parable, we heard of a master of servant who gave different amount of silver talents to three of his servants, to one he gave five talents, while to another he gave two talents, and to the last one, he gave one talent of silver. A talent is a large unit of mass used to measure the amount of silver or any other precious metals used at that time. And it is a large amount indeed.

But in how the servants made use of the talent, we can notice a great difference between those who put the silver talent into good use, investing them and gaining returns from them, with the one who hid the silver talent and did nothing with it. The master was pleased with those who made good use of the silver talent and rewarded them with even more of what he owned, to be entrusted to them.

But the one who failed to make good use of the silver talent was punished and suffered because of his refusal to obey the will of his master, and for his failure to make use of what have been given to him. He has been given with something that he could have used for a good use and gained immeasurably more from it, and yet, he consciously and willingly chose not to act on it.

Now, the same fate awaits us, should we fail to use whatever talents and gifts that God has given us, or even abuse it for the wrong purposes. We will be held accountable should we misuse all that God has entrusted to us, in our care of the world around us, as well as in how we interact with one another. Sadly, this is what we mankind have often done in our lives.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us reflect on every moments when we have failed the Lord, by treating our brethren without fairness, and ignoring the plight of the needy and the poor in our midst, when we could have extended a helping hand, and caring for them in whatever way we can, even in small things. How many of us have done this in our own lives?

Let us all from now on make good use of what God has given us, and no longer be filled with greed and desire for ourselves that we end up abusing or making the wrong use of what we have been given and been blessed with in life. Let us all learn to be selfless and loving, in all the things we do, that rather than hiding what God has given us in love and blessings, we share them with others who have little or none of these.

This is our calling as Christians, to be loving and compassionate, to show mercy and love towards our fellow men, as well as care and concern towards our world and all that lives in it, as responsible caretakers and stewards of God’s creations. May the Lord be with us and may He continue to strengthen in us, the love which we ought to have for each other. May God bless us all, now and always. Amen.

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