Saturday, September 1, 2012 by Food for Thought
First Reading: 1 Cor 1:26-31
Psalm: Ps 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21
Gospel: Mt 25:14-30
Paul had received information that factions within the church in Corinth were destroying its unity and interfering with its spiritual development. One faction looked to Apollos, a Gentile convert and preacher, for its inspiration; another professed allegiance to Peter the Apostle. Finally there was one that offered its loyalty to Paul.
Paul points out that no one can boast in oneself. Whatever the Corinthian Christians had accomplished was due to God’s goodness and to the call he issued to them. It was only in God that they could boast. It made no sense therefore, for them to boast in Apollos, in Peter or even in Paul. To put this in the context of today’s Gospel parable, we will, hopefully, work hard to develop the talents God has given us, that by using them we might bear witness to God’s glory. We cannot forget that the talents are God’s gifts to us, and our efforts to develop them does not depend on us but on the grace he gives us for this purpose. Today too we can boast only in God.