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33rd Sunday Ordinary Time Year A 2017

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Gospel Reflection for 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – November 19th 2017

Full scripture for this Sunday  is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available.


Matthew 25:14-30


We often say of someone – she never made the most of herself, or he didn’t achieve his potential. We talk of people burying their talents in the ground. That’s partly what Jesus is speaking about in the story today. He also refers to a greedy and incentive bossman who only wants a good return on his money.

Inside everyone are many personal gifts. Music, art, good listening, compassion, sport, intelligence are some. We are given many gifts and don’t do much to earn their beginning. Everyone in a family has different gifts and something to offer. The story is to encourage us to make the most of our gifts.

Sometimes we get caught into criticism of others and fail to see the goodness inside, and the contribution they give to others. Some have more than others to offer, as in the gospel story.

Like the people in the story who had been given money, they were expected to use these to make more. But the deeper, meaning is that we don’t squander OUR Personal gifts and talents but make the most of them in loving service of others.

It’s not a sin of pride to admit our gifts; when we see the goodness in ourselves we can become humble in the sight of God from whom all good gifts come.

Think of how a good friend might praise you. Be thankful for the details of this praise and say a prayer of thanks for who you are! Praise and glory o Lord for the gifts you give to all your creatures.

Donal Neary SJ

Fr Donal Neary SJ is editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger

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