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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron……
There’s an old saying: “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” It appears from our human experience that this is a wise saying and is often proven true. When I was much younger, I practiced and played piano, organ, and guitar. I often memorized pieces that I learned and could easily play them the moment I wished too. Now, because I have not had any spare time to practice and keep up that discipline, I cannot. We know that as our bodies and minds grow older, we need to exercise a bit more and challenge our cognitive skills with additional reading and even word games to keep our minds sharp. We don’t want to surrender to a downward spiral of body fatigue and memory loss.
This weekend’s Biblical lessons continue our appreciation for the gift of wisdom. The wisdom of God is often personified as female and this weekend’s reading from the book of Wisdom likens her to a faithful and industrious wife. She not only uses all her talents to care and provide for her family, but even takes care of the poor and disenfranchised among us.
The Gospel narrative from Matthew continues this lesson on wisdom by Jesus relating the story of a man going on a long journey and entrusts to his servants much of his wealth. Two of them take some risk with their employer’s money. They invest it to the best of their ability and double their investment. They are praised by their employer and elevated to greater responsibilities. The last servant is filled with fear of his employer. That fear paralyzed him so much that he couldn’t bear to take any risk of loosing the little he was entrusted. He buries it for security and returns it safely with pride. The surprise of this parable story is the reaction of the employer. Though he receives his initial allotment back safe and sound he criticizes his servant for not taking any risk to increase the investment. This servant didn’t “use it” and thus would “lose it.” He totally disappointed his employer and suffered the loss of his position.
We are nearing the end of our Liturgical Year and our Biblical lessons focus on the “end time” of our life and the life of our world. We are encouraged to identify what gifts and talents God has bestowed upon us. How have we nurtured those gifts? How have we invested in them and enabled them to grow? How have we shared them with others to the benefit of others and our own families as well? When our time comes to stand before God’s throne, may the Lord smile upon us and greet us with his words: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.” (Matthew 25:21).