Sunday 19 November 2017
Psalter Week I. 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31. Psalm 127(128):1-5. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6. Matthew 25:14-30.
Happy are those who fear the Lord — Psalm 127(128):1-5.
‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant.’
Today’s readings could be seen as instructions on how to live a good life.
The reading from Proverbs describes the virtues of the perfect wife, and the psalm blesses those who ‘fear the Lord and walk in his ways’. Then Paul warns us to be watchful and ready for God’s call. Using the analogy of the thief in the night he advises us to stay in the light where our actions can be seen. These are the same words Jesus spoke in the previous parable.
In today’s story of the talents, Jesus makes it clear that if we don’t use the gifts we’ve been given for good we’re no better than the foolish servant who buried his talent.
Let us take up the challenge in today’s readings, and not bury our talents but use them to help build the kingdom of God.