Bottom line: Whether you are young or old, I am asking you to invest your time, talents and financial resources in St. Mary of the Valley
As we saw last week, during November we pray for departed loved ones and remember that we too will face death and judgment. At the end of the month, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving - gratitude - leads to Stewardship: discernment how each of us will use the gifts we have received.
In the Gospel, Jesus presents a model of Stewardship - the man who worked hard and used his talents to make even more. The Master praises him, giving him three blessings:
First: "Well done, my good and faithful servant." The man is a servant, that is, not an owner. A servant administers what the master entrusts to him. None of us created his own self. All that we have - every second of time, every bit of energy and intelligence, any material resources we have - God has given to us. I am a servant and so are you - what we have belongs to God. That's the first blessing - to be a servant.
Second, Jesus says, "Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities." If a person does something well, he gets more work to do. If you have regular times for prayer, you will discern how God wants you to use your talents. If a person gives generously to his parish and other charities, God has a way of expanding his resources so he can give more.
After receiving increased responsibilities Jesus gives the third and final blessing: "Come, share your master's joy." This doesn't mean a Christian can retire. On the contrary, the great thing about working for the Lord is that the retirement plan is out of this world! Of course, it's possible to have a productive retirement. I think about my "retired" brother priests who seem to be working harder than ever. Some have asked if I will be "retiring". In some ways I am taking life easier, but I do think about this: I am few months younger than the current president and four years younger than the next one. If those guys can take the stress of being president, I should be to handle the much smaller stress of being a country pastor! I don't plan on retirement. What I want is to hear Jesus say, "Come, share your master's joy."
So let's sum up the three blessings of working for Jesus: 1) To be a grateful servant 2) As you give, to receive even more 3) Retirement guaranteed, but until then, never too old to invest one's gifts. "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."
Whether you are young or old, I am asking you to invest your time, talents and financial resources in St. Mary of the Valley. With that I ask you to give your full attention to: ___________________________
Spanish version (Word document)
From Archives (for Thirty-Second Ordinary Sunday, Year A):
Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C
Audio Files of Homilies (Simple Catholicism Blog)
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Other Priests' Homilies, Well Worth Listening:
Fr. Kurt Nagel
Fr. Frank Schuster
Fr. Brad Hagelin
Fr. Jim Northrop
Fr. Michael White
Fr Pat Freitag (and deacons of St. Monica)
Bishop Robert Barron
Bulletin (St. Mary of Valley Parish)
Parish Picture Album
MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru