The end of today’s passage from the Gospel of Luke offers a powerful reminder: we are called to live the blessing of our lives to the fullest extent. What’s more, we will be judged, not in comparison to others, but in comparison to the gifts that God has placed within us.
The well known passage from Ecclesiastes reminds us that we must regularly discern how to use our time. And if, like St. Peter, we acknowledge Jesus as Lord, then we have a daily opportunity to use every precious moment as a gift from God that is guided by the teaching of Christ.
The parable today reveals a crucial insight: We will be measured by what we do with what we have. Comparing ourselves with others is often a waste of time; what’s crucial is using what we have been given to the best of our ability.
The reading from the Second Letter to Timothy offers the exhortation to “stir into flame the gift of God” and live with conviction and courage. This gift is our Christian faith; and just as a tiny spark can produce a bonfire, so too, our faith can provide the spiritual spark that ignites our lives for service in the world as we draw near to the Lord and one another.
Jesus speaks with power and authority in the Gospel today, revealing that these gifts come from God and require us to use them wisely and well. May we both receive from the Lord what we need and then share our blessings with others to the best of our ability.
Jesus calls the Twelve disciples by name and empowers them for ministry. The Lord does the same for us! May we say yes and allow God’s grace to work through our imperfections so that we may serve others with the love of Christ.