November 13, 2011: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 5:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Matthew 25:14-30: paragraphs 259 and 326
“…Good administration of the gifts received, and of material goods also, is a work of justice towards oneself and towards others…it is possible to express a love and solidarity that are more than human, and to contribute to the growth of a new humanity that anticipates the world to come…” paragraph 326
To articulate your talent allows your work to praise God while your hands ply a trade or extend your arms to empower the needy. A talent is not a skill that must be honed to perfection before venturing to use it, by burying it with study and thought. As children of light, a talent entrusted to us beckons to be shared now, so not to let time become a thief to steal the gift. Sharing talent harbors no boasting, but radiates the Master’s joy. No one receives an excessive array of talents, so we remain humble by seeing the talents of others, grateful for the blessings of diversity and realize the gifts of all must work together for the interconnectedness of the common good. For spiritual and material prosperity means gathering treasure not in the wicked darkness of self-serving isolation, but to come forward sharing our gifts all the days of our lives.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 25:14-30
Write a paragraph about the talent God gave you. List five ways you currently use and five ways you could use that talent.
Family Reflection: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Have each person share the talents they see in other members of the family. During the week affirm those talents when you see family members using them, as a means to encourage people to use their talents.
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