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16 November 2014: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Because you have been faithful over a few things, enter into the joy of the Lord

What matters most of all is living as God invites us in following Jesus

Matthew places Jesus’ story about the king and the gold he gives to his officials towards the end of this Gospel. As Jesus’ death draws near, Matthew comes to the end of his description of how we should live our faith in Jesus, and stresses how urgent it is. This story is one of three which suggests that we have only a short time to make decisions about how to live, and we need to be attentive, be courageous and get our priorities straight because God will soon call us on what we decide.

The parable of the talents

The story is very modern. In Jesus’ story the king is going away for a relatively short time, and he leaves his officials huge amounts of money to trade with. He expects them to make a profit by the time he returns. He had clearly picked his men well; the first two doubled their investment. The third, about whom he obviously had his doubts and so gave him the smallest amount of money, was afraid of the king’s response if he traded with the money and lost in the trade. So he put the money in the safe.

When the king returned, he was delighted with the first two officials who had doubled their stake, and gave them more money to manage. He sacked the third because he should have known that the King expected him to make a profit. He should at least have put it in a high interest account in the bank. That was why he employed him.

The message Jesus’ hearers too from the story was that we should live as if we only have a short time before God calls on us. So we should not be timid or fearful in our living. We should be bold and not worry too much about security. Money and property do not matter that much. They will pass and they are God’s gift while we have them, anyway. What matters most of all is living as God invites us in following Jesus, and using all our personal gifts and resources in doing that. It is about being generous and not simply about avoiding sin. It is about living life in such a way that we make a difference, the kind of difference we make through our integrity, our generosity with our gifts and our openness to God and others.

For Jesuit Social Services this story is central. Our business is risk: looking for opportunities to serve people who are disadvantaged whether we have resources or not, and seeing our resources as the humanity of the people we serve and our own vulnerability. People are our treasure.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | Image from Wikigallery.org

Mark these events in your diary!

Fundraising BBQ for Mission in Vietnam

Daughters of Divine Zeal BBQ for VietnamSunday 23 November 2014, 12:00noon – 4:00pm

Proceeds to Daughters of Divine Zeal Mission in Vietnam

* Raffle prizes to be won! *

More details on the Daughters of Divine Zeal Facebook page and website.

Venue:

Madre Nazarena Student’s House
311 Church Street (entrance via Brougham Street)
Richmond VIC 3121

Cost: Entry by donation

RSVP: (03) 9429 5979 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Morning tea - bring a plate to shareParish Morning Tea

Sunday 14 December 2014, 10:30am

Venue:

St Ignatius’ Church Hall
326 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Come and share the laughter!

~ PLEASE BRING A PLATE ~