33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gospel – Matthew 25:14-30
Through the parable of the talents, Jesus teaches us that stewardship is fundamental, not optional, to the Christian life.
“The silver pieces of this story stand for a great deal besides money,” as noted by the USCCB’s Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.
They symbolize every kind of good we can possess, and all of them come from God – “spiritual gifts like faith, hope, and love; talents of body and brain; cherished relationships with family and friends; material goods; the achievements of human genius and skill; the world itself.”
God gives each of us a unique set of gifts so that we will serve as His co-workers in the world, with our “own particular share in His creative, redemptive, and sanctifying work.” For this reason, stewardship is a “uniquely solemn trust,” a “serious duty,” an “entire way of life” that means “committing one’s very self to the Lord.”
We respond to the Lord’s call because we “recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all [we] have and are and will be.” Grateful for God’s gratuitous generosity, we “cultivate [our] gifts out of love for God and one another.” This path can be challenging, and “requires continuing conversion.”
To help us discern how to use God’s gifts, we can begin by exercising a “stewardship of time, which should include setting aside periods for family prayer” and other devotional practices.
Question for reflection: How would I feel about my stewardship if the Lord settled accounts today?