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Sunday, 19 November 2023

Gospel Reflection for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.

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Happy are those who fear the Lord. (Psalm 127)

The Church in her wisdom places the parable of the talents at various strategic times throughout the year as a wake-up call. And here it is again at the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of a new one.

As Christians we are expected to use the gifts we have been given - the incomparable grace of baptism and the accompanying sacraments for a start. Do we use grace well?  Do we pray and ask God's help for ourselves and others, for peace in our war-torn world, for our country, for the dead? And especially, do we persevere in prayer and not give up?  Then there are the many material gifts we have been given - education, health, political stability, security, justice, democracy. Do we live  and pray from the deep theological principle of gratitude for all we have been given? Counting your blessings is a profoundly Christian attitude.

The conclusion of the parable certainly is a wake-up call that we cannot ignore. We are told in no uncertain terms that the Lord will not accept our excuses. Pray well, pray often and hear the blessed invitation: Come and join in your master's happiness.