Scripture Reading: Matthew 25: 14-30

Today the church through her the liturgy of the Word encourages us to be faithful and accountable. Each of us has been given gifts, talents and capacities. What do we do with them? Do we seek to be faithful to what the Lord asks of us?

Here is a true-life story about faithfulness in waiting. Hachiko was an Akita dog born in 1923 and was owned by Eisaburo Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo. The professor used to take a train from Shibuya Station every day to go to the university. Each day Hachiko accompanied him to the train station when he left for work. Upon returning, he would find the dog patiently waiting and wagging its tail. This happy routine continued until one fateful day in 1925 when the professor was taken ill on the job and unfortunately died before he could return home. As usual, the dog waited at the train station that day for his master to return. However, seeing that he was not coming back, Hachiko waited till night fell and returned home. The next day Hachiko went back to the train station again, waiting for his master to come back. He patiently waited till sunset and then returned home. The dog was so devoted to the professor that he continued to visit the train station every day for the next ten years! The people who passed the loyal dog each day were so touched by his story that they erected a statue in his honour at the Station in 1934. In 1935, Hachiko died at the very same spot where he used to wait for his master (Extracted from Wikipedia and Fabulous Travel.com).

Dear brethren, in the gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the talent to equally remind us that given the imminence of his return, each one of us must be ready to render a good account to him as our head. In order words, he has endowed us differently according to our various capacities. He also expects us as devoted and faithful children to render a good account of the “talents” he has endowed us with. The parable reminds us that we are stewards of God’s gifts. They are given to us so that the Kingdom of God can grow.

MASS: GREEN/WHITE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A) Prov 31:10-13.19-20.30-31; Ps 128:1-2.3.4-5(R.1a); 1 Thess 5:1-6; Accl. Jn 15:4a.5b; Gospel Mt 25:14-30

Prayer Point:

1. Generous God, I give thanks to You for the gifts You have given me -my life, my family, my friends – time, talents, and material possessions. All that I have come from you. Help me to remember this and rejoice in your goodness.

Exercise: As trustworthy servants of God we must, therefore, avoid a life of indifference, apathy, licentiousness, and complacency towards our mission and work as these will not fetch us any reward from Christ.

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Meditation: Romans 14:12