Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 21, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31
Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b and 15
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Give it to the servant who has ten . . . .
The gifts we are given are meant to be shared. Some people have been endowed with a great many, some with few; however, all have the ability to use whatever has come to them.
That's the essence of what the Lord tells us today. But there's more. We will be rewarded for using those gifts. But real life isn't "The Price is Right" and if you look carefully, the so-called "reward" for using one's gifts properly is an additional and more challenging opportunity to use those gifts. So we start off with a small investment, next step up—we have an entire city to care for.
Think about Mother Teresa of Calcutta; her fidelity, faithfulness, humility, and exceptional strength of character were rewarded first by her work in the city of Calcutta, and then by her responsibility to the entire world.
Gifts that are used increase—they do so naturally, like exercising a muscle, as they increase, our capacity to use them increases. Soon we find ourselves in places we never expected—the Lord keeps giving us more and more, knowing that someday we'll stop relying on ourselves and start relying on Him.
- JuandelaCruz |
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