1 Thessalonians 4: 9- 11
Matthew 25: 14-30


Did you know that we are all in the loop of grace? Grace is given to us in order that we may give it away. The parable in today’s gospel speaks about the use of talents. The ones who received five and two talents put them into proper use and multiplied. The master acknowledges their dedication and appreciates them, saying, “Well done! Good and faithful servant.” The one with single talent made no use of it. Thus, he failed to gain the confidence of the master.

St. Theresa of Kolkota believed in being faithful rather than being successful. The parable of the talents teaches us to faithfully apply the grace which we have received freely. Every grace we receive from God, whether big or small, are always meant to be in an exchange mode. We are all part of this spiritual dynamic. The grace has to flow in and flow out. It’s important to facilitate this process.

This is the fullness of life. The life and mission Jesus received from the heavenly Father finds its fullest expression in giving away his own life on the cross. The perfect generosity is vividly seen in the passion of Jesus. Jesus investing his life to the fullest for the salvation of all of us is a perfect sign of goodness and faithfulness of a humble servant.

Prayer: Lord, help us to be your good and faithful servant

Justin Durai Raj CP is a member of the Passionist community at St.Paul, Glen Osmond, SA.