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How are we using our gifts/talents?

How are we using our gifts/talents?

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Today’s Gospel offers a wonderful challenge to each of us.  It urges us to take stock of how we are using our gifts/talents.  Consider these questions.  How do I contribute to life in my household and community?  What do I bring to the table? 


Very often we doubt that the skills we have could be of much help.  Someone else (we believe) is always more capable than me.  We somehow convince ourselves we have nothing worth sharing and so we do not contribute. 


Like the servant who buried his one talent in today’s Gospel, we allow fear or perhaps laziness to limit our sharing and growth.  We close ourselves off from others.  By taking and not giving, we feast on the gifts of others while we hold on to what we have.  This is why the master in today’s Gospel is so upset with the servant who buried his talent, and he acknowledges those servants who realized the opportunities they had to grow. 


I am very grateful for the generosity of so many in our parish community who share their gifts and talents.  It makes such a big difference.  This week, take time to ask God to help you take stock of your gifts and how you can share them.  The world looks forward to what only you can share. 


Please consider some of the opportunities to share here in our parish. 


I am grateful to everyone who helped me while I recover from surgery.  Your words of care, prayers, cards, and food have been a great help to me.  Thank you.  I look forward to seeing everyone later this week. 


Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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