From the Desk of Father Mac
Sunday of Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends in Christ,
In today’s Gospel, Jesus
tells a parable about a wealthy master who entrusts his possessions
to his servants while he goes away on a journey. The master stands
for Christ. The servants stand for us. Do we think of ourselves as
servants, as dependent on God? In today’s world, most people tend to
think of themselves as the center of the universe.
parable is very clear: we aren’t God; we aren’t the center of the
world; we’re dependent on God and our task in this life is to know
him, love him, and serve him and
love and serve others. Only by doing that will we find true
happiness because that is what we were created for.
parable tells us how we are supposed to do that. God has given each
of us certain "talents." In Greek, the “talents”
referred to a large sum of money but, Jesus is speaking about more
than just money; it’s about all the abilities and blessings we have
received from God. The first two servants in the parable invested
well the talents the master gave them and were rewarded. God has
given “talents” to us, and we are free either to squander
our gifts or to use them as Christ would have us, which is the
secret to happiness in this life and in the life to come.
There are three steps we must follow in order to invest our gifts
well - from a supernatural perspective. The first step is to
identify our gifts. We should always thank God for all of His
countless blessings, but we should also reflect on the one or two
strong characteristics, traits, or talents that God has given us
The second step is to get right with God and
stay that way. The third servant in the parable left his mission
unfulfilled because he didn't have a good relationship with his
master. We’ll follow his tragic path unless we get to know the Lord
and Savior and stay connected to him; unless we do that, our talents
will bear no fruit.
The third step: put our gifts at the
service of others. Be like Christ! He left us his new commandment -
to love one another as he has loved us. And he showed us what love
really is: to give our lives for others. We give our lives by
putting our talents at the service of those around us instead of
just serving ourselves.
We have a unique opportunity to put
our gifts at the service of others with today’s second collection
for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. With this
collection you support programs that address the causes of poverty
and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across
our country. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this
collection and work on the margins.
On behalf of the clergy &
staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, I wish you and your family a
Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
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Parish Office at
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