The Gospel parable of the three servants who have been given different amounts of “talents” (money) serves as a sobering reminder for us: how we use the gift of our lives here on earth has supernatural consequences in Heaven.
The parable of Lazarus and the rich man pokes at our consciences. Do we see the poverty around us and respond with compassion? We know the teaching of Jesus…may we ask the Lord for the grace to put His words into practice.
“The community of believers was of one heart and mind,” and their example – powered by their faith in the Risen Lord – inspires us to draw together as we face the challenges and obstacles in our lives today.
The Lord’s parable about the three servants illustrates how we can all use wisely our resources even if we have all been blessed in greater and lesser ways. Point: how will we use what we have been given today?
The Lord cautions us to “guard against all greed” in the Gospel today, yet another reminder of the timeless power of our faith to speak to the human heart. Let’s take a moment to break down some common aspects of greed:
Self-centered, focusing on “what I want”
Excessive, always wanting more
Applies to a wide variety of human wants – money, fame, power, food, etc.
Greed disregards the needs of others as the individual focuses entirely on self. Seeking more and more, it pushes other things aside in a quest to acquire. And while we often associate greed with money, the Lord’s warning against all forms of greed is apt…we can be greedy about so many things!
So what’s the cure? How do we combat greed in our lives? Here are some key ingredients:
Gratitude – being thankful for what we have
Contentment – seeing the blessings in our lives
Stewardship – using wisely the resources in our care
Generosity – sharing the gifts of life with those in need
Prayer – fostering our relationship with God, the source of all gifts
By weaving these elements into our lives we cultivate a perspective that sees all resources as gifts from God that are to be used wisely and well. We have been richly blessed by the Lord! May we live and share our lives in such a way that Christ’s love shines through all that we do.