“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
The real Jesus, is the real answer to the real needs of the world!
Let us remember God’s teaching, contained in His Word and in doing
so, remain close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating
how you can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going
The Parable of the Talents
Ordinary 33 Year A St. Matthew 25: 14 to 30
1. The parable of the talents is, strangely to us moderns, one of the easiest to
read and yet so easy to gloss over the essential meaning. When our Lord uses language like: “You wicked, lazy servant”, we can be certain He is highlighting
the message as urgent, a real priority, and an opportunity for us to show
enthusiasm and passion for taking His Divine Word and “multiplying” it. He has bequeathed His Church with a vast treasury of Biblical knowledge and spiritual teaching. He requires us to value it, live according to it, and share it as our
ability, circumstances and opportunities permit.
2. The lesson Jesus gives in this parable can be a little daunting to us. Those
who choose to follow Him (knowing that it is He who has chosen them) must
all be involved in the spreading of His Teaching, His Word, according to their
situation. For some people, this will involve much activity and hardship, even
danger. For others, whose circumstances prevent that, there is the equally
meritorious vocation to reach out to the world by prayer and meditation,
supplemented by simple good deeds in everyday life. It is the collective power
of all these different responses to Jesus, which He unites with His on-going
ministry, that will carry the light of revelation to the farthest ends of the world.
All who give themselves to this can look forward to hearing Jesus our Lord,
finally calling them:
“Come and share your master’s joy!”
3. To be perfectly honest, it has become quite out of place, among many
Christians, to talk about (let alone just believe in) the second coming of the
Messiah — the Glorious Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Matthew’s Gospel has consistently shown how very real and imminent
this is. Religious groups and communities who highlight this, usually display
vigorous Scripture study, disciplined prayer each day (and night), and an urge
to invite others to follow Jesus Messiah.
When the Second Coming of the Saviour does not feature strongly in the life
and teaching of a religious group or community, it is rare to find any
passionate desire for evangelisation. In fact, such communities reflect
characteristics of a dying culture.
With Christ, His teaching is very clear. We cannot pick and choose the “bits”
of the Gospel which suit us — common as that practice might be. Our vocation
is to embrace the whole of the Teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, and let it truly,
“dwell in us richly”. For He is Christ, the Word — the very essence of the
Father’s Love. It is this love and concern for others which urges and empowers
us to reach out to the whole world.
Let us pray for one another that we will take these parables of Jesus seriously, and have the courage and spiritual energy to keep up our faith in this teaching despite the general lack of enthusiasm people have today for our Lord’s very pointed lessons.