Stewards of Talents

by Nov 14, 2023Pastor's Blog

As each one has received a gift,
use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied graces.

1 PETER 4:10

How was last week on discerning how to manage our time? We continue this week with Part 2 of our Preaching Series on Stewardship. Last week we began the journey, looking at how we can serve through our time:

  1. The level of my time, talent, and treasure is right when: I can honestly state that my commitments are sacrificial as I offer them in thanksgiving to God.
  2. When I can honestly state that when i make my commitments, I am being honest with God and myself.
  3. Do It Anyway (our stewardship theme for our Preaching Series)

This week, the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, we are reminded that we will each be called to give an account for the gifts – talents – God has given us — our physical, intellectual and material gifts — as well as the gift of time itself.

Jesus illustrates this truth in our Gospel passage from Matthew 25:14-30. He tells the parable of a wealthy man who is about to go on a journey. Before he leaves, the man calls his three servants to “entrust his possessions to them.”

The master in our parable gives to the care of each servant a portion of his money (“talent”) comparable with that servant’s abilities. The first two prove to be good and faithful servants — they “immediately” put the talents to use, doubling what had been entrusted to them. The third servant reacted to this responsibility with fear — in fact, he did the opposite. He hid master’s talent, burying it in the ground. He took the safe way, the easy way out.

Next week we will distribute a list of all the groups, councils, and ministries where we can help serve. Please consider signing up. Please reach out if you would like to suggest something too. As a few examples,

  • ALPHA
  • Youth Ministry (Thursdays, and Fridays)
  • Lectors
  • Extra Eucharistic Ministers
  • Funeral Committee
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Altar Servers
  • Money Counters
  • Seniors Ministry
  • Bereavement Committee
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Evangelization and Mission Committee
  • Small Prayer Groups
  • CWL
  • KofC
  • Hospitality
  • Parish Pastoral Council
  • Parish Finance Council
  • list of options on sharing time, talents, and treasure

God has given each of us unique gifts and talents. One of the primary places that God has called us to use these gifts and talents is through our vocations. Our vocations may take the form of a job, but they also include our callings as mothers, fathers, sisters, friends, citizens and so much more. These vocations or callings are the places from which we love God and our neighbours. How is God calling us, as individuals and as a parish community, to steward our gifts and talents through our vocations?

Let us embrace the stewardship way of life, using all the gifts entrusted to us — Time, Talent, and Treasure — in such a way that at the end of our life on this earth, we will hear these words from our Father: “Well done, my good and faithful servant… Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:21) Have a great week.

ps. did you miss the theme, video, and Mother Teresa’s poem from last week? Do It Anyway.

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