The gospel today presents the parable of the talents. Jesus gives the message: “To everyone who has will be given more, but anyone who has not will be deprived even of what he has.”
The talents Jesus is referring to in the parable are the gifts of the Kingdom of God – all which makes a person grow in his Christian responsibility and spirituality which will lead him to his eternal reward in heaven. These talents are the capabilities of loving, of serving and of sharing. The servant who was given more talents made his talents grow the most. Among the three he was the most loving, generous, and self-giving. So the king was very happy with what he did and rewarded him abundantly. The second servant also made his talents grow, although not as much as the first. He loved his fellowmen and showed this love by serving them and sharing with them what he had. The king was also happy and rewarded him. But the third servant did not make use of his talents at all, out of fear, he said. Out of fear of what? Fear of losing what he had. He kept everything to himself. He was afraid to take risks in reaching out to others. He was selfish, indifferent, uncaring. The king was unhappy for what he did, reprimanded him, and did not give him any reward.
With whom do you relate yourself? Are you the first, second or third servant? Let us pray the Prayer for Generosity: Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to seek for reward except that of knowing that I do your holy will. Amen.