What Have You Done With YOUR Talents?
The parable Jesus presents in the Gospel of Matthew begs an answer to that question from each of us. We too, have been given a great gift or talent as the parable reads. The gift we
have received by our baptism is a share in the life of Jesus Christ. And just as
each of the three in the parable we expected to do something with what they received, we are called to increase our talents or gifts by sharing the life of Jesus Christ with others.
How many times in a day do we have the opportunity to choose to share the gifts given by our loving and creative God? Are we alert enough to recognize them? Or are we so wrapped up with our personal agenda, (that is full, to be sure) that we miss the opportunity to share our gift of God’s life in us with others? You see, I can stop by the grocery store or a hundred other places in my busy day and I can walk by a multitude of people and not acknowledge them in any way. OR I can go about my day welcoming the opportunity to show kindness and compassion, sometimes with nothing more than a thank you, a smile or a greeting of “have a good day.” In the latter, I share the love that I have been given in Jesus Christ; in the former, I am self-centered and unaware of the gift of others around me.
What Jesus is teaching in this parable is to share what talents (gifts) we have been given. We are not to hoard and protect them so that we might simply return them to God. It is in sharing the talent we are given that we assist in building the Body of Christ. In a very real sense, by sharing our talents, we proclaim the Gospel!
As we begin a new week, let us take time to reflect on our personal use of our talents or gifts and let us ask ourselves, “Can I do better?” Am I working to increase the gifts given to me or am I investing too much time protecting myself from the world around me that others
cannot see the life of Christ in me?
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, open my eyes and my heart to the opportunities I will encounter to share your love with others. Guide me that I might be vigilant in recognizing the ways in which others can come to know your Son, through my actions. Be with me in my resolve to share my portion of the gift of the life of Jesus with others. Teach me Lord, show me the way, that in sharing my talent, your will be done. I ask this in the name of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.