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The Rewards of Fidelity

Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

OVERVIEW OF GOSPEL
Vince Contreras offers these points:
  • In this Sunday’s Gospel, as we come closer to Advent, we hear Jesus continuing to speak to themes of vigilance and preparation in anticipation of the end times: the end of the Jewish temple in A.D. 70, the end of our lives as individuals, and the end of the world when he will come again.
  • In the parable of the talents, he is teaching his disciples, and us, that while we wait for the end we should not, out of fear of failure or fear of accountability, neglect to use our talents.
  • The talent spoken of in the parable was a valuable piece of money of undetermined value—usually a silver bar. Note the servants did not earn them, but were given them in trust by their master. The amounts he gave them depended on their abilities to manage them—apparently the master knew his servants and their capabilities very well.
  • At the return of the master, they are judged on what they did with what they were given: contrast the judgment of the “good and faithful” (verses 21ff) with the “wicked and lazy” (v 26).
  • Like the talents given to the servants, we are all given talents by God, according to our ability. He also gives us, for the asking, the means (grace and wisdom) to use them.
SOURCE: Sunday Scripture Study for Catholics © 2011
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We must use the gifts we have been given!

  • The Gospel reading deals with the end of the world and the coming of God’s Kingdom.
  • The paradox of today’s parable is that the one who played it safe lost while, in the end, the risk-takers gained.
  • Faithfulness implies not only keeping the tradition but also the willingness to risk everything in order to increase God’s Kingdom.

Reading I : Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

KEY TOPICS

The wise woman receives her reward.

  • The poem of the first reading is the conclusion of the Book of Proverbs.
  • It is very likely that the poem is about both a good wife and Wisdom herself.
  • The whole poem highlights the point that whoever finds Wisdom does indeed find life.
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Reading II : 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

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You are children of the light.

  • The Thessalonians were caught between worry over the imminent return of Christ and the complacency in their faith.
  • Paul instructed them to be diligent in preparing, but not to worry.
  • Christians are children of light.
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